The October international break had already caused some nervousness for Real Madrid, especially due to the late returns of players who had played their matches on the South American continent. They were Valverde, Vinicius, Rodrygo and Rüdiger. Then the Royals talked about “nonsense” and the dynamics that “blow apart” the players. In this November break, in which the bill for the club was much more expensive, Real changed their rhetoric and at the same time used irony to explain what they in Valdebebas consider inexplicable, reports Manu de Juan from Ace.
After Camavinga was injured during a training session before France’s 14-0 match against Gibraltar, which ended with a score of 14-0, Real reacted to the Frenchman’s two-and-a-half-month absence with resigned humor: “There is no excuse, it was about preparing for a spectacular match,” reports Manu de Juan. But Madrid sources added: “If the big clubs don’t stop this, they will end up ruined, even more ruined and dead.” This start to the season, as every year, is a big point of contention between national team and club football, as three consecutive breaks in September, October and November continually interrupt the rhythm of the leagues and overload an already packed calendar with matches that in many cases are unnecessary.
“Everything for RFEF, FIFA and UEFA”
The worst news, however, was yet to come: according to Real Madrid’s initial prognosis, Vinícius would also be sidelined for the next two and a half months with a similar, though now worse, injury he suffered at the beginning of the season, albeit in the other leg. Camavina joined Tchouaméni and seriously weakens Madrid’s midfield; The loss of Vinícius takes away goals, as the Brazilian scored 23 last season and 22 the year before, and without Benzema, the club is counting on his goals in the fight for the Championship and Champions League. His absence practically until February is bad news, and once again Real can only use humor because they have no other means to fight, the journalist emphasizes Ace.
“We have good news. Most of our injured players will recover and be fit enough to go to training camps in March. Everything for the good of the RFEF, FIFA and UEFA,” can be heard in Valdebebas. This break will be the fourth of the season; the calendar’s emphasis on these dates for national teams has led to a growing number of voices calling for national team matches to be played in one month at the end of the season, so that such situations do not affect the sporting planning of clubs. The debate is open and Real has already taken a stance that mixes between anger and sarcasm.