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5 players Real Madrid can’t afford to drop

Robin Bairner
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Zinedine Zidane has problems at Real Madrid.

La Liga’s season is only 11 matches old, and yet Los Blancos find themselves eight points behind leaders Barcelona, who have incredibly dropped only two points so far this term, and are 4 points behind surprise package Valencia. Even Atletico Madrid, who have drawn five times already, are tied with the European champions.

It is his first truly bad spell as a head coach and at a value as intense as the Bernabeu there is little wiggle room, even for the greatest bosses.

With his squad struggling to perform to its best, here are 5 players that Zizou simply cannot afford to bench:

#5 Casemiro

Athletic Club v Real Madrid CF - La Liga
Athletic Club v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

Another player who is often overlooked for recognition is defensive midfielder Casemiro, yet, the 25-year-old is another with the capability to bring solidarity to the team. He is also a player with a strong mentality and will to win – exactly the kind of man you want to rely on in a tight situation.

His efforts were recently rewarded at international level, as he captained Brazil for the first time in October, and Fernandinho backed his national team colleague for greater recognition for what he has achieved.

“Casemiro has totally transformed Real Madrid. In the last two or three years, he’s been playing regularly and has given great stability to them and to Brazil as well,” he said.

“I am very happy for him, that he was able to leave Brazil to show his true value. He is one of the great players in the position in world football.”


Meanwhile, the man himself knows that there is no room for error in their position and pledged to get his side to raise their efforts.

“We know we're very far behind. We must keep our heads now, this is a difficult moment. We must play better, we must work harder,” he said after the shock 2-1 loss in Girona.

A week later, he scored as Madrid got back on track with a 3-0 win against Las Palmas, showing that he is a character who takes what he says seriously.

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Robin Bairner
UK-based freelance football journalist for the last decade, I've appeared in publications such as the Guardian, the Blizzard, When Saturday Comes, but can most frequently be found on I write about European football, and have worked at both World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016.
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