Youngsters tell Zidane: “The ones who train hardest don’t get to play”


‘El Larguero’ radio programme claims players getting fewest minutes question manager’s handling of team selection

Real Madrid are going through their worst patch since Zinedine Zidane took over on the bench a little more than two years ago. The French manager has achieved nigh on impeccable results since that time, lifting two Champions League trophies and one LaLiga title over this relatively short period of time. However, the 16 points Madrid are trailing Barcelona by, and the doubts concerning the team’s play, have radically changed the situation.

All of this led Zidane to take the decision to get the whole squad together for a meeting on Tuesday morning -they eventually took to the training pitch an hour later than scheduled- in which, according to Cadena SER radio station, the bulk of the younger players in the dressing room made it clear to the coach that they disagree with his criteria when it comes to selecting the line-up for games.

“It is not true that the ones who train hardest get to play”, the group who are getting the least playing time told him, though they did so “politely” according to the ‘El Larguero’ programme. Also, on the programme, it was explained that the feeling of the dressing room was, in general, that the meeting was “necessary” but was at the same time “boring, and not very productive”.