Zidane, in training this Monday in Mönchengladbach.Martin Meissner / AP
Successfully crowned the top of the classic and appeased the fire of the previous week, Madrid does not expect a flat or transitional stage.
Now he must face the slope of Europe.
The blow six days ago against Shakhtar (2-3) has narrowed the margin of error in the league and the commitment this Tuesday at the home of Mönchengladbach (21.00, Movistar Champions League) acquires a special importance if you do not want it to be light the orange club light.
Then the two confrontations await him against Inter, on paper, the strongest rival in the group.
"We have pressure to win, it's a final for us," acknowledged Toni Kroos.
“Not all is well now either.
On Saturday we won an important game, yes, but tomorrow [for this Tuesday] we will have to play better, "warned the 30-year-old German, seven seasons already at the Bernabéu.
The media, who once again confessed his desire to retire in white, denied that the squad doubted Zidane after the two severe defeats last week or that these were due to a motivation problem.
"Sometimes things don't work out," he settled almost in the manner of his coach.
The visit to Borussia-Park brings the surprising return to a call for Eden Hazard, whom no one counted on for this clash after the muscle injury he suffered three weeks ago when he was rushing the set-up and that Zizou himself recently confessed that he had been more serious than expected.
“If he's here, it's because he's fine.
We will see how we are going to use it ”, said the French coach, especially laconic this Monday in his appearance before the last session at the stadium.
The Belgian has not been seen in a field for 80 days (against City in Manchester), and in all this year he has only played nine games (none complete) and 561 minutes.
His presence on the list drew attention because he did not accumulate many sessions with the rest of the teammates.
Waiting for the use he can make of it, if he does, everything indicates that the ZZ roulette will point to Lucas Vázquez on the right side.
He is, at least, fourth in locker room order for a position he has already had to deal with several times despite his attacking nature.
The last ten days of the Galician illustrate the slide of Madrid: from the stake after his poor first half against Cádiz (he was relieved at halftime) to revived by his good performance at the Camp Nou.
The physical discomfort of Nacho, in turn substitute for the injured Carvajal and Odriozola, and the low confidence in Militão for that demarcation, forced him to urgently cover before the break the area where Barça was biting the most with the Alba-Messi alliance .
The right-hander, a sentinel for Zizou, acted with the skill and determination that have led him to make a career at the Bernabéu.
A team coached by another young Teuton, Marco Rose, 44, heir to the
the whites in Germany
The current Liverpool manager directed him at Mainz, made him captain, and the Gladbach coach took advantage of the connection to drink from his sources.
Madrid faces a team, fifth in the Bundesliga, which brings together many of the qualities of that so-called new football that triumphs in Europe: mobility, high pressure and dynamism.
Protected behind by the veteran Yann Sommer, who took over from Ter Stegen in 2014 when he left for Barça, he is deployed at the top with Embolo, Thuram, Stindl or Plea.
The Colts, as they are known colloquially, are not the team that left their mark in the seventies, but their proposal is a threat to anyone who cannot adapt to the new dictates.
A week ago, only a goal by Interista Lukaku in 1990 prevented the German victory, a draw that partly alleviated the merengue disaster against the Ukrainians.
No audience despite selling 10,000 tickets
Borussia Mönchengladbach-Real Madrid will be played without an audience in the stands.
Until this Monday, it was expected that there would be a symbolic presence of 300 spectators after, due to the increase in coronavirus cases in the region, the initial intention of playing with 20% of the capacity could not be maintained.
In fact, 10,804 tickets were sold, but the health authorities revoked the authorization.
Neither will this minimum group of three hundred fans chosen by lottery attend.