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Open Thread: April 17, 2021

Daily Merengue: “Weekend at last” Edition

Real Madrid Training Session Photo by Helios de la Rubia/Real Madrid via Getty Images

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The boys are back in training

Real Madrid are back home and in training. The boyz in white completed another training session ahead of the Getafe (away) game.

Some of us heard that Kroos and Benzema were limping after the Liverpool game. Thankfully, they trained with the squad. Valverde and -you won’t believe it- Eden Hazard(!!!) were alongside them.

Also, here’s a similar tweet by V. Chust, whom some of you guys where talking about in yesterday’s thread.

Contract Renewals?

  • Diario AS report that “Lukita” Modric has agreed to a 1-year extension.
  • Marca reports that Benzema is about to sign an extension until 2023.

About rotations...

This weekend’s game might be one of the few chances Zinedine Zidane has left to rotate the team. The players are fatigued and that was as clear as daylight on a Twilight saga vampire’s skin to see during the Liverpool game. Of course, noone’s saying we can afford to underestimate Getafe. La Liga’s standard is such that we cannot afford to do so and we haven’t suffered few times against opposition of lower ranking. This Getafe game has a sly point-dropping potential to it that one might dismiss when first skimming through the schedule.

Apart from the quality issue, there’s the physical one. Getafe are a physical team and the means two things: 1) There will be parts of the game that will be intense, and 2) the injury risk might just be a bit higher. Given what comes next, Real Madrid may want to be careful about how they manage their remaining strength.

Pablo Polo also has an interesting piece on the subject.

What do you guys think? Will we see some rotations and can we afford them? Actually, know what? Cast your predictions in the poll below.


How many rotations will we see in the starting XI from the Liverpool match? (Let’s say Casi doesn’t count as he is suspended)

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    (11 votes)
  • 58%
    (176 votes)
  • 38%
    4+ (Okay this is a toughie, but hey maybe!)
    (116 votes)
303 votes total Vote Now

Have a beautiful and calm -we could use that from time to time- weekend and may the madridismo be with you all.

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