MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 18: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid looks on during the la Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Malaga CF at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 18, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
Greetings from the land of sand. This is the weekly segment here on Managing Madrid where I walk around my international campus and ask random people of different backgrounds and football loyalties questions about the footballing world and Real Madrid.
Real Madrid have a crazy schedule in the coming months, especially in April. If you haven't already, read Lucas's article to get a better picture and then come back to the question of the week.
Now do you see just how many games Real Madrid is up against?
And even beyond April, the last few months of the season are always difficult with more pressure, more important matches, more games to play, and more chances to slip up.
So let's have a conversation about this grueling schedule: Do you think Real Madrid's busy schedule will affect their performance and if so, by how much?
"Actually it might because the players have been on the run, and it's their mentality now that decides if they will keep up this good performance or not. Last game's draw is a little bit unfortunate but an ominous sign of an outcome that I fear. Benzema seems kind of tired, I think Higuain should play instead."
-Chan, South Korea, Real Madrid
"Too deep of a squad, Real Madrid and Man City are the only two teams in Europe who imo can field two different XIs capable of winning a league."
-Raghid, Lebanon, Chelsea
"The last 2 league games Real have played were very tough games and with a few more away games, Real Madrid may choke. But then again their bench is also strong so there's a very unlikely chance that they will choke up easily."
-Saker, Palestine, Barcelona
"Madrid will lose ground on their La Liga lead, because they've basically won and they have a great shot at the champions league. So they may rest key players in La Liga matches, and allow the reserves more playing time."
-Yusuf, Ethiopia, AC Milan
"Won't affect [their performance], they have a lot of good subs."
-Phillip, Lebanon, AC Milan
"I don't really think that la Liga is a primary concern for Madrid anymore, since they look very likely to win. The majority of their games are at home, where they hardly lose and they have the option to field their subs for their less important matches. I also think they'll shift their attention to the CL."
-Zaid, Syria, Real Madrid
Now that you've read a few opinions from other fans, Managing Madrid would like to hear from you--madridistas, take a vote in the poll, comment on our facebook page, and tweet us @managingmadrid. Please remember to keep all answers relevant and respectful.
So how much will Real Madrid’s busy schedule affect their performance?
It will. A lot. It's unavoidable. Happens to every team. (16 votes)
It will but not much. (37 votes)
It won't. Mourinho is a master at rotating his squad. Don't worry about it. (28 votes)
Other (I'll explain in the answers) (1 vote)
82 total votes