Real Madrid: 5 takeaways from the 2020/21 season so far

Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, Karim Benzema (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)
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2. There’s something wrong with Real Madrid’s fitness and medical team

Real Madrid had 36 injuries to their players this season, with Marcelo and Marvin Park being the latest additions. Last season they had 50 first-team injuries and looking at the way things are going, this season with a crazy schedule ahead can rewrite records. The fact that Vinicius Jr and Casemiro are the only players who haven’t missed a game due to a physical issue speaks a lot about the issues with the fitness of Real Madrid players.

There have been injuries of every kind at Real Madrid. There have been relapses (Chronic relapses in the case of Hazard) in case of players returning from injuries, there have been injuries due to muscular overload as a result of playing a lot, and there have been injuries to players who played their first game after a long break.

A player like Sergio Ramos, who’s known for his excellent physical routine, has found it difficult to deal with injuries this season. A lot of question marks have been raised regarding the way Sanitas deal with injuries, and few people haven’t hesitated to point their fingers at Gregory Dupont. The player’s dedication can be questioned, the impact of a hectic schedule can be blamed, but the work of the fitness team can be questioned as well.

One thing is for sure. These injuries have affected Real Madrid’s season a lot, and any manager wouldn’t like to have such a terrible injury crisis in their respective clubs.