There is no change in the script written by Zinedine Zidane and his coaching staff, but there is concern about the attitude shown by his team in the league, which has resulted in two draws and a gap of four points between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Fortunately, the coach has detected the problem and has let his players know in no uncertain terms.
Curiously, he pondered about a start like they’ve had, despite the endless praise after their exhibition in Cardiff.
“You have to have your feet on the ground,” he said when Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric were crowned as ‘the best’ in Monaco.
Zidane didn’t like so much recognition and has been forced to sound the alarm because the flattery has weakened his squad.
The spotlight is well and truly on them now, particularly after their successes in the Champions League and the two recent Super Cup wins.
Zidane believes that in the three league games so far, especially during the last one against Levante, his players have repeated the mistakes of last season which led the team to draw four consecutive matches.
“We are playing with overconfidence,” he said to the group, angered by a sign of weakness that has resulted in four dropped points form the first nine available.
He didn’t like anything about Ivi’s goal for Levante either, from the poorly defended throw, to allowing the attacker two touches of the ball inside the area before despatching the ball past Keylor Navas.
The coach is not going to change his philosophy, however, and will continue with rotation and changes throughout the season.
It is the tactic that led him to unprecedented success but he knows that he needs to motivate his players.
Real can’t afford to give any more advantage to their rivals and even less to a Barcelona that will be the team to beat in the fight for the league title.