Zidane: full football calendar affects entertainment value

Following his colleagues Ronald Koeman (Barcelona), Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool) and Frank Lampard (Chelsea), coach Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid) has also taken a stand against the full football calendar. “We have come to a point where you can conclude that due to the large number of matches and the related amount of injuries, the entertainment value is no longer the same,” said the French former international in his preview of the game with Internazionale in the Champions League.

“There are just too many games at the moment,” he continued. “Partly because of this, we barely had a normal preparation for the start of this season. That is no excuse for our performance so far.”

Real Madrid is third in group B of the Champions League with 4 points. In La Liga, the title holder has to settle for fourth place for the time being. In Milan, Zidane cannot use the attackers Karim Benzema and Luka Jovic, midfielder Federico Valverde and defenders Sergio Ramos, Eder Militao and Alvaro Odriozola, due to injuries.

“We live in a very complicated time where nobody seems to care about the health of the players,” said midfielder Luka Modric with his coach. “We play every three days, with the club or with the national team. And it goes on and on. As a result, you also get more and more injuries. I don’t know how to continue. There are just too many matches, who are all going to play? play?”


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