Real Madrid: 3 takeaways from a horrible loss to Alcoyano

Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) /
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Real Madrid, Alvaro Odriozola
Real Madrid, Alvaro Odriozola (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images) /

Mariano, Alvaro Odriozola are on the way out

There were so many poor performances from Real Madrid in this match, but the two players who will suffer the most consequences are Mariano Diaz and Alvaro Odriozola.

Both players could have easily been sold in the summer 2020 transfer window, but they did not move for distinct reasons. With regards to Mariano, the striker refused to leave by not accepting reduced wages to play for the few clubs interested in him. He is adamant that he can make it at Real Madrid. Obviously, he’s not good enough. His performance against Alcoyano was one of the worst displays I have ever seen from a Real Madrid striker.

Now for Odriozola. He wasn’t sold since Los Blancos did not have any other options at right back behind Dani Carvajal. They do now. Lucas Vazquez isn’t a real right back, but he played better against the likes of Barcelona and Borussia Monchengladbach at the position than Odriozola ever has in his Real Madrid career. He may go down in club history as a waste of money for 35 million euros. There’s a good right back in Odriozola, but he is a good right back for another club.

Mariano can’t be axed this winter after Luka Jovic was loaned to Eintracht Frankfurt, but if he is a Madrid player in 2021-2022, then someone seriously messed up. Between the two of them, Mariano is the biggest priority to sell away.