Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said that his team has hit their physical limit after the 2-1 victory against Barcelona at the Estadio De Stefano on Saturday. He further added that he doesn’t know how his team will finish the hectic season. He said his team need time to recover before their next match against Liverpool in the Champions League quarter final.
Saturday’s El Clasico victory comes after the team 3-1 home win against Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal. On April 15, Real will play Liverpool in the return leg for a spot in the Champions League semi-final.
“It doesn’t change anything. There’s still a long way to go,” Zidane said.
“We have to restart today. It’s been two grueling games. Now we have to restart
“I don’t know how we are going to finish the season. Physically, we are at our limit.”
Real took a 2-0 lead in the first half courtesy of goals from Kerim Benzema and Toni Kroos. Therefore Zidane was able to give rest to few of his players in the second half.
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Makeshift right-back Lucas Vazquez was substituted just before the end of first half with and injury following a blow to his knee.
Vasquez has been playing at the right back position because of an injury to Dani Carvajal. Now both are doubtful for the second leg in Anfield.
Real Madrid also played the Clasico without their first choice defenders Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane. Ramos is recovering from an injury and Varane is in isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus.
The win against Barcelona took Real to the top of the La Liga Santander, level on points (66) with second placed Athletico Madrid, who will play Real Betis on Sunday.