A growing cause of concern in the Real Madrid dressing room after below-par results and poor choices made by Zinedine Zidane
Sergio Ramos has been an integral figure on and off the pitch for the La Liga champions, Real Madrid. He’s fearless and confident mindset is what makes the Spanish defender an exceptional leader for Los Blancos. Sergio Ramos arrived from Sevilla in the summer of 2005 and since then the Spaniard has appeared more than 650 times for the Whites scoring 98 goals and assisting 39 times in his tenure with the club.
Real Madrid has started their domestic campaign in an unconvincing fashion, registering 2 wins and a maiden draw in their opening games of the season. Among all the chaos, Los Blancos’ manager Zinedine Zidane has been under criticism for his vital decisions in regards to squad formation and player selection which has caused a rebellion in the Real Madrid dressing room.
It is no secret that the Real Madrid captain is one of the biggest supporters of the French manager and completely backs every decision made by his coach. Recent developments reports suggest that there has been an insurgence against the French coach, but Sergio Ramos came to Zidane’s defense and cleared the air in the dressing room and stopped any arguments going forward.
The root of the problem is Zidane’s decision to play the Norwegian midfielder Martin Ødegaard who has earned two stars out of the possible three, being selected over the likes of players such as Isco, Marco Asensio, and Lucas Vazquez. The former Real Sociedad midfielder has been a shadow of himself when compared to his previous season’s performances and was substituted at half time against Real Betis last weekend.
Squad rotation is considered one of the strongest assets in Zinedine Zidane’s tactical arsenal but players such as Isco and Asensio are not willing to play the second choice to the Norwegian midfielder. Lucas Vazquez feels threatened by the Brazilian duo of Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior, demands to feature more for the Los Blancos.
With only 2 games left until the international break, Real Madrid will have to pick up impressive results thick and fast in order to restore parity in the dressing room and compete for European and domestic titles with utmost effectiveness and efficiency.
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