If Real's injury problems hadn't started earlier, we would have thought that the football gods started punishing him for trying to tear European football apart. In general, Zinedine Zidane seems to have thrown stones at the gods, because there are no days when he doesn't get some bad news.
And the latest is that he will not be able to count on Rafael Varane on Wednesday night in the rematch of the Champions League semifinals against Chelsea in London! As the Spanish media reported under the vignette "urgently", medical testing established that the French central defender injured a muscle in the match with Osasuna and that he will have to rest for some time.
And that Varane will be out of the field for ten days, which means that he will not be in the team for the weekend, when Real will play another of the most important games of the season, against Sevilla, in the fight for the title of Spanish champion.
Only Zidane knows how to put together the defense for the rematch in London. The only two competitive defenders left are Nacho and Militao, while Sergio Ramos started training, but it would be very risky to push him into the fire against Chelsea immediately after the break.
But there may be no other choice.
A hard task for Zidane
There is also a problem with the right back. Carvajal and Lucas Vasquez are out, so Odriozola will probably be on the right flank. Mendy should be on the left. And all those problems in a game in which Real must chase victory or at least a draw with a rain of goals.
In addition, the entire Blancos team is tired and squeezed like a lemon, because every match is important, each one more important than the previous one. A hell of a task for Zidane. The hardest in his coaching career. Real Madrid will have to show something big if they want to beat Chelsea and try to win La Liga.
The task will not be easy at all, given the quality of the team that awaits them, but given that we know how big a club Real is, we would not be surprised if they managed to take everything they intended and that is; Champions League and La Liga.
Zidane has big experience in both competitions, and is sure to do an experiment that could help them achieve their goal.