Zinedine Zidane is without Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal for Saturday’s La Liga match with Barcelona. Carvajal did not train with the squad in the second session after the victory over Liverpool and will not be fit for the game.
The fact Barcelona have not had a game in midweek after getting knocked out of the Champions League in the last 16, means Zidane has had to change his plans for this match. The intensity of Madrid’s game with Liverpool on Thursday means that the Real Madrid coach organised a light training session on Thursday for those who started.
The French coach will only have all his players training together on the eve of the ‘Clasico’. Those who played against Liverpool ran on the pitch and then did some gym work.
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Zidane’s attention is focussed on Dani Carvajal, who once again trained separate from the rest of the group, with specific work for hiim after getting over his muscle injury. Everything seems to suggest that Zidane will not force his return in ‘El Clasico’ and that he aims to bring him back for Wednesday’s game v Liverpool at Anfield.
Therefore, Carvajal will not play against Barcelona. He is another player out, added to those of Sergio Ramos and Varane in defence, where Real Madrid have more problems. Responsibility will fall on the shoulders of Lucas Vazquez, Nacho and Militao.
Eden Hazard has more chances of being the new inclusion in the squad. He worked at the highest intensity with the substitutes doing pressure and possession drills, the club said. Then they went on to do passing with the ball and shooting practice. They finished off playing matches on smaller sized pitches.
Real Madrid with finish off their preparation for the ‘Clasico’ with Ramos and Varane in a training session on Friday at 11am. Zidane will get all his men together at Valdebebas and talk tactics ahead of a vital La Liga match.