The coronavirus brought with it the most atypical preseason for Real Madrid. Just three weeks of training in Valdebebas, the opposite pole of those planetary tours that compromised the preparation of the bloc, although in return they filled the club’s coffers and spread the white label throughout the globe. Those trips brought up high intensity duels, less than official but clearly more than friendly. Last summer, without going any further, Bayern, Arsenal, Atlético (a 3-7 that generated tremors in the club), Tottenham, Fenerbahçe, Red Bull Salzburg and Roma stood against Madrid.
How different everything in football in times of coronavirus, because the Madrid preseason in terms of friendlies only lasted two hours, those of Madrid-Getafe disputed in Valdebebas. Without access to the press or television broadcasting, it will be necessary to believe the version of the official media (specifically from Getafe; Madrid did not refer to the future of the game): the victory was for the whites (the result has not yet transpired).
It is true that Madrid’s initial plan included two friendlies; last week’s against Rayo ended up suspended due to a possible positive in the Vallecan ranks that compromised the health security of both teams. So Zidane had to settle for a single duel, as a dress rehearsal for his debut in the League this Sunday in Anoeta, against Real Sociedad. The Marseillais did it, in addition, with many absences: Asensio, Isco, Reguilón, Hazard, Bale, Mariano, Lucas Vázquez, Odegaard and Jovic. Zizou compensated for the casualties with a large representation of the quarry, including several of Raúl’s boys who raised the Youth League: Altube, Javi Hernández, Miguel Gutiérrez, Antonio Blanco, Arribas, Dotor, Latasa and Marvin.