Real Madrid have finished their preseason in the United States and are already looking forward to claiming two official titles inside a week.
They have been on tour for 23 days and whilst it didn’t yield a positive balance in terms of results, Madrid did not come to America for the titles.
The important thing is to raise cups and, in that sense, Zinedine Zidane and his staff believe that they have done a good job.
“I do not care about the result but how we played,” the coach insisted after an El Clasico loss to Barcelona in Miami.
The Frenchman understands that there were positive things in all the matches and so their goal in that sense has been fulfilled.
It would not be the first time that Madrid didn’t get positive results on the United States tour and afterwards won titles anyway, as it occurred under Carlo Ancelotti.
Zidane’s goal was to use these friendlies to recover intensity and correct the defects which have occurred, such as lack of concentration.
Above all, it’s to prepare the team for a demanding August.
Beyond what is at stake, an overload is what most concerns the coach.
In 23 days, from the match against MLS All Stars until August 27th against Valencia, Los Blancos will play no less than seven games: the friendly in Chicago, one in the UEFA Super Cup, two in the Spanish Super Cup, two in LaLiga and The Bernabeu Trophy against Fiorentina.
Zidane is aware that there is little time left to rest after the long tour, and prepare for Manchester United.
Five days after that, the team travel to Barcelona and on August 16, they play the second leg at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
On August 20, Madrid start LaLiga against Deportivo at the Estadio Riazor and as if that were not enough, there is already a date for the Bernabeu Trophy.
Given that it is played on the 23rd, and on the 27th Valencia arrive in the Spanish capital, Zidane will rotate heavily.
In addition to the two titles at stake in August, the team wants to start the league on a good footing.
Just as last season, Zidane is going to give everyone minutes including the U21 players that joined the tour.