Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has joined the long list of managers who have been concerned about the congested fixture list in the 2020-21 season. After the 2019-20 season was interrupted due to the coronavirus, the new campaign started much later than usual. Because of that clubs now have to play three or sometimes even more games in a single week. Injuries are stacking up and Zidane says he is worried about the health of his players.
“I’m not going to enter into that debate. But what I can say because I see that the schedule is too much”, Zidane told a press conference on Friday. “I think about the health of the players, nothing more, and they never stop. And I’m not just talking about my players and it’s true that I’m worried, I’m not going to get involved, in the end there are people who are there and make the schedule, but I’m worried by it.”
Zidane was once again pressed on the issue later in the press conference, and he added: “I think all coaches need to feel that they are heard. We have had a meeting between coaches to try to change something and today I say what I feel. I talk about the health of the players and also football in matches, to give a good performance, the health of the players is important. It is not just the workouts; recovery is very important and there is no time either. I wanted to talk about that today and that’s it.”