If he Madrid wants to see the glass half full after the blow of San Maméshas a humble argument. By not playing the Cup semifinals, the two weeks prior to PSG are released, which will allow the team to arrive with more oxygen and rest to the great battle. The first leg, at the Parc des Princes, will be next Tuesday February 15; while the return leg, already in March, will be held on Wednesday 9 at the Bernabeu. The Cup semifinals -both first leg and second leg- were set just for two previous weeks.
The fatigue It has been in the spotlight for several weeks. Nachoafter the defeat in Bilbao, pointed out the little margin of rest that the South American internationals had had: “The organization of the matches is not the best. We have had three starting players who have not played two days ago…”. And even though Ancelotti downplayed it in the previous one, noting that “Vinicius is 20 years old”, the reality is that the Brazilian, as was logical, was seen less fresh than on other occasions. The same thing happened with Rodrygo Y Casemirothe latter, non-existent in attack and erratic in the ball exit that led to Berenguer’s goal.
Madrid usually arrive in good shape to the final stretches, but this calendar is being more demanding than ever. The November 24the night of the visit to the Sheriff, an unexpected marathon for whites began: since then Madrid has played 17 games, one every four days on average. That, without counting the enormous trip that Fede Valverde and the Brazilians have made in the recent break, and the exhausting trip to Saudi Arabia to play the Super Cup.
having survived in Cupthe horizon would have maintained those saturation levels, with up to seven games in the remainder of February. Having finished the dream of the KO tournament, that number has been reduced to five, of which four will be League days with the previous week totally released. Only the one from February 14-20 will be played two games, the first, the first leg of the Champions League in Paris, to which Real Madrid will arrive with a break of 76 hours (Their previous match will be on Saturday, at 4:15 p.m., at La Cerámica).
There will be no national treble, but a double crown can still be won: League and Champions. The first seems to be on the right track, with only the Seville opposing to wage war at a distance that tomorrow can go to the 6 points. The second, however, seems tall and, in fact, for the bookmakers, Madrid is not a favorite. But the absence of cup semi-finals will allow those from Ancelotti arrive with more relief and concentration to that appointment. San Mamés has left a puncture… And two breaks.
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One puncture and two breaks