Zinedine Zidane is having serious fitness issues with his team since the beginning of the season.
Real Madrid are breaking all sorts of records this season. However, those records aren’t on the pitch, but rather off of it.
In an incredible manner, almost all of Real Madrid’s first-team squad was injured at some point since the start of the season.
Real Madrid looks to have found the right form. The team played organized and structured defense against Sevilla.
This resulted in a 1-0 win after a header from Real Madrid’s best player this season, Karim Benzema.
Big role in this win came through Ferland Mendy. The newcomer was bought from Lyon for a fee of around €50 million.
The left-back is fighting for his spot with the Brazilian and FIFA’s Top 11 player, Marcelo.
However, after an impressive performance against Sevilla, injury fever seems to have caught up with the Frenchman.
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However, Zidane still stands by his fitness team, disregarding the possibility of their failure.
Mendy suffered an abductor injury in his left leg, per Real Madrid’s report.
Zidane talked about injuries in a press conference ahead of the mid-week fixture against Osasuna:
“I’m not worried but it does bother me that we have a lot of injuries,” as per Goal.
“I don’t want to see my players injured but that is part of football, we can’t control it. You can take great care of the players, the backroom staff are very good. But not just that, you need sometimes a bit of luck.
“[Mendy] is an important player for us but things happen. In the games you have lots of demands. Really, nowadays players aren’t resting.
“We have seven games in 21 days, they’ve all played for their international sides and they’re going to have more international games after these games. It makes things difficult.
“Everyone can have an opinion and say, ‘[the backroom staff] are doing this wrong’ but we need a bit of respect for these people – they have proven that they know their jobs.
“We work hard in pre-season, it’s necessary to do that. There’s lots of reasons why people can get injured in games and you have to accept it. It’s not just Real Madrid that have injuries, all clubs do.”
Zidane also commented on players’ tight schedule which affects their injuries:
“Current players nowadays are playing every three days.
“They went off with their international sides, they go off afterwards, there’s no rest. When I played, we played 45 [games], now they’re playing 60. It’s almost two seasons in one at the moment. Perhaps this is the problem.
“Football changes and we’re playing 60, 65 games and that gives you problems. I think it’s complicated when you have players that go off to international sides.”
It’s clear, however, that Real Madrid have an issue with their fitness team. Marco Asensio suffered an injury at the beginning of the season, and Isco, Marcelo, and Modric are aiming a comeback soon.