Real Madrid are trying to get back into their best of form but it has been an inconsistent season from the Spanish giants. They are set to host Premier League champions, Liverpool, on 7th April. This will be the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals.
As mentioned above, it has been an inconsistent season in terms of form for the Los Blancos. But, it is mostly because of the high number of injuries Real Madrid has encountered this season.
Finally, there is big positive news for Zinedine Zidane. His trusted right-back, Dani Carvajal, is set to return to fitness. And, he should be ready to face Liverpool on 7th April.
The Spanish right-back has missed a number of games this season due to injuries. He returned in February but reaggravated his injury and was forced to substitution after a half-hour of action against Valencia.
In fact, he has made just 12 appearances in all competitions this season for Real Madrid. These 12 appearances do not even cumulate to 1,000 minutes in all. This shows how hard it has been for Zinedine Zidane to name his first-choice right-back.
A big boost for Real Madrid?
In the absence of Dani Carvajal, Zidane was forced to deploy Lucas Vazquez at right-back. It is not a natural position for the Spanish international but he is a player who likes to play in a more advanced position.
Typically, he is a winger and that is why Vazquez fails to offer solidarity at the back. With the potential return of Dani Carvajal, Zidane will be more secure of his backline. His return to fitness is not only important for the quarterfinals against Liverpool but also for La Liga. Real Madrid stands at the third spot in the league table, behind Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
They are six points behind the former and two points behind the latter in 28 games. The league is still not out of their grasp and a few consistent wins can bring them into the title picture strongly.
Timely return against Liverpool?
It is a repeat of the Champions League final of 2018 where Real Madrid defeated the Merseyside club 3-1 to bag another UCL trophy.
That was the game where Salah suffered a shoulder injury and hapless Loris Karius left the field with guilt and tears. And, who can forget Gareth Bale’s stunning acrobatic goal, which is regarded as one of the best UCL’s final ever?
Dani Carvajal will make a lot of difference if he is fit enough to start the game. He will face Sadio Mane who is an amazing left-winger. Exposing Lucas Vazquez’s defensive incapabilities against Mane would not have been the preferred choice. His struggles were very visible against Yannick Carrasco in the most recent Derby against Atlético Madrid.
Sadio Mane has seven goals and four assists in the Premier League this season which is not a great return. But, you cannot underestimate a player of his quality at all. Thus, Carvajal’s return should be termed as very timely. He was able to take part in some light training for Real Madrid on Friday. And, the manager will hope that he joins the full training sessions next week when the players return from their international duties.