Though it’s unlikely to please them, Real Madrid ‘s first-team squad can’t be surprised that Zinedine Zidane is not giving them any extra time off in the lead up to the UEFA Super Cup against Manchester United.
A poor pre-season in America will be forgotten if Los Blancos can overcome their old coach, Jose Mourinho, and his side.
“We play the last match and then don’t have much time left to prepare for the Super Cup ” Zidane said in the pre-match press conference against MLS All Stars.
Although the staff have spent 23 days away from home, they land back in Spain on Thursday before beginning their training on Saturday, ready to battle for the first official title of the season.
On Monday there will be a final session in Valdebebas before traveling to Macedonia for Tuesday’s game.
Zidane will take advantage of these three days to work exclusively with the first eleven that will start the match, assessing the weak points of their rivals, and the coach isn’t especially concerned about his team.
He believes the pre-season results don’t mean much, and what counts has been the (very demanding) work, especially in the first 16 days they spent in Los Angeles.
Of the XI, the coach has only one selection headache too.
That is Marco Asensio, who already started in the Clasico instead of Isco, and could replace Gareth Bale and play more on the left.
Sergio Ramos is following a plan with the group and another on his own because of less training time due to the discomfort in the ear.
In the session at Soldier Field in Chicago he worked on his speed and will be ready in principle to start against the Red Devils.
Work in detail
The workload will be lower at Valdebebas because Real have already done their homework in the United States with Antonio Pintus, and they’ll arrive in good shape to meet the Europa League winners.
Errors will be corrected, many of them down to a lack of concentration, which have cost goals in all of the friendlies.
Zidane is convinced that his players are fine and when they play for a title, things will be different.