Copa del Rey, La Liga, Champions League… The weeks of all dangers for Real Madrid
Between an overloaded fixture list and bad draws in various competitions, Real Madrid could lose everything in a matter of weeks.
“It’s a complicated part of our season, it happens. We will fix itpromises Carlo Ancelotti. Real Madrid have to settle down and quickly. Like Paris Saint-Germain, who will face OM and Bayern twice in February, Real Madrid are also experiencing an overloaded schedule in the coming weeks.
Before the World Cup we had already left the Merengues in halftone. Neither interior nor flamboyant. Just two wins in their last five games before many internationals fled to Qatar. Since recovery, it’s not much better. A success against Valladolid (2-0) which materialized right in the final thanks to two goals from Karim Benzema (83rd, 89th) after the expulsion of an opponent (82nd). A narrow 1-0 victory in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey against the modest Cacereño club, residents of the fourth division. Then a defeat against Villarreal, a qualification on penalties against Valencia in the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup and a debacle in the final against their Catalan rival (1-3).
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“It was an incomplete match in many stages. And then, against this type of team, when they take the lead, it’s very difficult to come back. cried Carlo Ancelotti. Led 0-2 at half-time, Real waited for the second act to frame the first shot! “A bad game by everyone and in every sense. But to speak of humiliation is a lack of respect. We simply lost a game against FC Barcelona. It’s not my style to talk about humiliation“added the Italian coach.
Since then, two successes in a row for the Merengues who regain some confidence, before challenging Atlético de Madrid this Thursday evening to qualify for the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey. A trophy that the club has not won in 14 Champions Leagues since 2014. Real Madrid will then receive Real Sociedad on Sunday for a clash between 2nd and 3rd place in the La Liga table. The Basque club would then be level on points again.
Trips to Morocco and England in February
Three league games in eight days for the “Casa Blanca” before a short trip… to Morocco. Requires Club World Cup. The most successful club in the competition, with four titles, will play a semi-final in Rabat on 8 February. Real Madrid will then progress to the final, or a “small” final, three days later, also at the Moulay-Abdallah Sports Complex. Quick return home for Carlo Ancelotti’s men. The match of the 21st day of the championship, scheduled against Elche on the weekend of 11-12 February, has already been postponed.
Match on the Osasuna lawn the following weekend before the trip to Liverpool for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 in the form of a remake of the 2022 final, at the Stade de France (1-0 for Real). New derby the following weekend, given that Atlético “moves” to the Santiago-Bernabeu field on 26 February.
Games every three days for a month and a half
Since the resumption of the Spanish league, on December 30, and until February 11, “Casa Blanca” has always played two games a week. 13 games in 44 days, or one game every three and a half days on average. And if we look a little further, the result won’t be easy for the reigning Spanish champion either.
In March, the club from the capital travels to the lawn of Betis Sevilla before hosting Espanyol Barcelona and embarking on another intense week. Champions League round of 16 return against Liverpool on 15 March before moving on to FC Barcelona the following weekend. A Clasico scheduled from the 26th day of the championship which should already be decisive for the title. Real, who are three points adrift of Barça at mid-championship, could either return to parity – or see the gap widen further and leave the national crown to their biggest rival. Two months in order not to lose everything on the side of the “White House”.