Lucas Vázquez left the pitch at Santiago Bernabéu stadium booed by his own supporters in the draw (2-2) against Brugge in the Champions League when the team was still losing. It’s not a new situation for the Spaniard, but the jokes around his skills in social media confront with Zidane’s trust on him.
This season, Lucas Vázquez is the 10th player with more minutes in the squad, only 3 minutes less than Vinicius Junior. Zidane has always showed confidence on him, also in his first three years as a manager. Actually, since his arrival in 2015, Lucas has played around 25 and 33 games in La Liga. He is the perfect player to fill the squad, able to be on the bench without complaining, or give the maximum on the pitch.
The problem is that his skills and quality are being contested in the last months. With all the crisis suffered by Los Blancos, supporters have found a perfect victim for his jokes, and Twitter is full of videos of Lucas Vázquez losing the ball, or controlling poorly. Even against Brugge, Lucas was also one of the worst players on the pitch.
It’s hard to understand why Zidane keeps including him in the starting eleven, especially having Vinicius Junior, Brahim or Rodrygo in the squad, all young talents signed for a lot of money eager to bright at Real Madrid. Lucas Vázquez fights, runs, defends, and keeps the position, but this is not always enough to start games at Real Madrid.
However, we cannot forget the importance of Lucas Vázquez in all these successful years. Starting from the penalty shoot in the Champions League final in Milan against Atlético de Madrid, where Vázquez took the ball and assumed the responsibility of shooting first. Additionally, he also played a brilliant game at Parc des Prince against PSG two years ago.
Lucas Vázquez had some offers this summer, but Zidane wanted to keep him, and the player was sure that he was going to enjoy many minutes at Real Madrid. Besides, his friendship with the captain Sergio Ramos might help him to stay in the Spanish capital. However, Zidane’s obsession on including him in the starting eleven and his poor performance can end up with Real Madrid supporters forgetting his good moments in the club.