A pyrrhic victory. Despite their success in the Clasico, Real are struggling with injuries.
Real Madrid have won the Clasico against their big rivals Barcelona, but they are moving to face Liverpool in the Champions League with serious injury issues, AS note.
Lucas Vazquez came out after a heavy duel with Sergio Busquets, while Toni Kroos and Fede Valverde were also replaced following punches. “We are at the limit,” Zinedine Zidane said after the game. Lucas Vazquez’s situation is the most worrying for Zidane.
Madrid will assess his fitness today and determine whether the injury that forced him to retire in the 43rd minute was simply trauma or something internal and more serious, as well as whether he will be fit to face Liverpool.
Valverde has a slight problem with his adductor muscle and could hardly go down the small staircase that separates the stadium from the locker room tunnel. Kroos didn’t finish the game well either, visibly limping after coming out along with Valverde.
All three would be in line to start against Liverpool if they were fit, but Kroos is particularly important. The German is in superb form, the architect of much of good Madrid football in recent weeks.
As a reminder, after winning the one at Nou Camp, Real Madrid won the second Clasico of the season this Saturday. The one disputed in Valdebebas. At home, the defending champions provided a great first half and that was enough to go for the victory. A capital victory because it allows the Merengue to temporarily seize the lead in the La Liga standings.
Building on their recent good results, the Castilians signed a great start to the match and it was only 13 minutes into the game to see them take the lead at the mark. An opening score signed by the inevitable Karim Benzema. The French striker scored for the 7th game in a row in the league by cutting a brilliant heel off a serve from Lucas Vazquez. A gesture of great class, as only the greatest are capable of it, and which has proved to be very precious. Toni Kroos scored the 2-0 goal with a free kick. Mingueza reduced the mark on the hour mark.