Real Madrid: Real Madrid would be in trouble without Casemiro
Real Madrid Roberto Palomar’s thoughts
Florentino Perez‘s tendency to sign attacking midfielders has led to overpopulation of Real Madrid squads for as long as can be remembered. Even the guy who opens the gate and monitors access at Valdebebas is likely a converted midfielder by now.
Both Luka Modric and Toni Kroos have fared well, though Isco and James Rodriguez suffered when they played in Mallorca. They’re not defensive-minded midfielders, nor do they particularly want to be.
Madrid‘s squad is poorly drawn up, with the imbalances clear and most of those who play in midfield for Madrid having converted to the role.
Casemiro, though, has been a holding midfielder since the very start and hasn’t had to change a thing. Zinedine Zidane knows that, but the day the Brazilian isn’t able to give his best will be a problematic one for Real Madrid.
Madrid go into matches relying on something to happen, or not happen, rather than focusing on a cohesive performance. And all of that after having invested 300 million euros.
Diego Simeone has a recognisable team at the Wanda Metropolitano, but they’re still delivering bland performances as they have done all season.
Yet we know already that Simeone isn’t ordering it. The players aren’t delivering. Step by step, Atletico are falling back from the privileged position that they started the season in.
Simeone is trying to shake off something that bothers him a lot.