Zinedine Zidane is worried about his Real Madrid team ahead of their meeting with Liverpool next week. He isn’t sure how they’ll finish the season.
Real Madrid are having one hell of a week. They played Liverpool in the Champions League last week, then hosted Barcelona last night. Next up, it’s Liverpool again.
So far, it’s going well for them. They beat the Reds 3-1 at home and then picked up a 2-1 win over their heated rivals.
They’re top of La Liga right now, with one foot in the Champions League semi-finals. But Zidane isn’t on cloud nine despite beating Liverpool and Barcelona.
“We have to rest after today,” he said on Saturday, per Marca. “It’s been two gruelling games. Now we have to rest.
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“I don’t know how we’re going to finish the season. Physically, we’re at our limit.”
This comes after Lucas Vazquez became the latest Real Madrid player to pick up an injury. He joins Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard and Dani Carvajal as absent, while Raphael Varane is in self-isolation.
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Zidane expects Real to fall of a cliff soon, then. That or he’s trying to dampen expectations after a wildly successful week.
Because quite honestly, we imagine Jurgen Klopp would say similar about his side right now. Most managers would, given they’re playing under a compact schedule without much of a pre-season.
But if we take him at face value, this is good for Liverpool. Klopp lined up his team last Tuesday with the idea of out-running Real – that’s what we gather from starting Naby Keita, anyway.
This suggests there is a weakness there. Perhaps we see a similar strategy at Anfield, then. One that’s executed better, we hope.
An all-out assault on Real is likely the only way Liverpool overcome the two-goal deficit, though. Los Blancos being tired bodes very well in that regard.