Zinedine Zidane en rueda de prensa

Barça are bad... but Madrid are worse



We say (and we right), with reason, that Barcelona are bad. Bit Real Madrid are worse. Much worse. At least Barça have things to cling on to: the return of Lionel Messi, the explosion of Ansu Fati, the adaption of Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann. Madrid, in contrast, have nothing. Well, they do have a legend on the bench that won three Champions Leagues in a row but he could be closer to the sack than to making Christmas at the Bernabeu. Madrid's crisis is structural: they have an old starting lineup, that lacks the motivation to keep on winning, and the have signings lacking ambition. 

The result is what we saw on Wednesday in Paris: a Madrid side without intensity which was rolled over by a PSG team without their three forwards (Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani). The image offered by Los Blancos in France was much worse than Barcelona's in Dortmund the previous night. At least, thanks to Ter Stegen's save, the Catalans avoided defeat. That's something Courtois (who is questioned more with each passing day) seems unable to do. 

The return of Zidane (as already demonstrated last season when he replaced Solari, who had replaced Lopetegui) is becoming a genuine failure. The second halves are never good. So much so, in fact, that Florentino Perez is seriously considering sacking him... and once again thinking of Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese is the last coach who was able to deal with the Madrid president. A desperate solution for an expiring project. 



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