Thursday, October 28

A Madrid under construction is crumbling

After saying goodbye to the Cup and the Super Cup in January, 10 points behind Atleti and surpassed by Barça in the League, the problems accumulated for Florentino Pérez. Asymptomatic positive for covid, see how the team risks a blank year while Ramos prepares the bags.

Problems pile up in the Santiago Bernabeu. After falling in the Super Cup, eliminated from the Cup, 10 points behind Atlético with one game less than the colchoneros in a League in which Barça has snatched second place, the Champions League stands as Madrid’s only lifeline to avoid a blank season. But the team’s game, which has only won two of its last nine games, does not invite us to think that this will be the year of the 14th. And, while the stadium reform and the covid have closed the tap on transfers, captain Sergio Ramos continues to show signs that he does not plan to renew.

Florentino Pérez decided to put the money in the field, but not on the grass, but in the remodeling of the stadium. Barça and VAR gave him an unexpected league last season, without which he would only have a Super Cup as booty in two and a half years in which the team continues to miss Cristiano Ronaldo.

Danger, The one who had to be his substitute, has scored 4 goals in two seasons in which, more than in the Portuguese footsteps, he has followed Bale’s in the infirmary (yesterday he missed another training session due to discomfort). Odegaard, who returned to Valdebebas in the summer after his assignment to Real Sociedad and was the main novelty of the season, he left for Arsenal in the winter market after having hardly had any opportunities. As happened in the summer, Florentino has not opened his wallet in this transfer window. Since June 2019 the only reinforcement has been Reinier, For which he paid 30 million in January 2020, and that he only played three games with the subsidiary before heading to Dortmund, where he has only played four moments.

Controversial ‘like’

The pandemic has virulently shaken Madrid’s accounts, as has happened to Barça. But the short-term debt is 500 million less than that of the Catalans (203 compared to 730) and has the advantage of taking advantage of the fact that now there can be no public in the stadiums anyway to build their new home.

It doesn’t look like Ramos is going to step on the new retractable lawn at the inauguration of the new Madrid temple. The future of the central, who ends his contract in June, seems very far from Madrid. The umpteenth sign that disturbed part of Real Madrid was a I like to an Instagram post in which he looked dejected. “Real Madrid is now convinced that Sergio Ramos will leave the club this summer,” said the text that accompanied the photo, citing information from Josep Pedrerol. This is how we treat our legends. The veteran defender removed the I like later, but it did not prevent this new controversy from fueling the feeling that, after 15 seasons, this could be his last campaign as a Madrid player.

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Without him on the pitch, Madrid have suffered five of the eight losses wearing this season. A questioned Zidane hopes to be able to count on him against Huesca this Saturday. The French coach called the youth squad Marvel to training this Tuesday before the losses of the Madrid superhero, Nacho, Carvajal and Lucas Vázquez, who join the sanctioned Militao. Zidane returned to training after overcoming the coronavirus on the day that Florentino Pérez tested positive. The 73-year-old white president has no symptoms but has been isolated.

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