It has been a difficult start to the campaign in fitness terms for Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid and club icon Jorge Valdano has confirmed it is very difficult to replace players as influential as Casemiro, Marcelo and Luka Modric.
The current spate of injuries has seen Los Blancos slip to four consecutive draws in all competitions with envious eyes already turning to the impressive displays of city rivals Atletico with regards to the title race.
“Real Madrid have been unlucky, they have injured players in positions where there are no alternatives, there is no other Casemiro, no other Marcelo and no other Modric and that impacts the team in general,” he explained to Radio MARCA.
With injuries in such positions opportunities have arisen for Isco, yet Los Blancos’ former director of football doesn’t believe he is suited to the current system.
“In football you have to play in the way you know best but Madrid are not able to effectively use a playmaker in a team without a noted playmaker’s position, when you try and change a player’s nature, you have a problem.” added Valdano.
His former club were not the only topic on the agenda on Tuesday as focus turned towards Valencia and the arrival of new manager Cesare Prandelli with the 61-year-old believing his appointment to be a good decision.
“He is a coach with very important values and he is experienced with the sensitivities of football, he isn’t the classic Italian coach, his Italian team was more daring than we are used to and this will be useful for Valencia and for Spanish football,” said Valdano.
The rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid will never die down yet the former Argentine international didn’t at all try to hide his admiration for Los Cules keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
“I love ter Stegen,” he added, “he is the kind of goalkeeper who contributes to the team’s play although I don’t think he needs to take as many risks as he does, the priority is always safety.”