Nothing is going well for Zinedine Zidane and his team. They are already struggling in the absence of Eden Hazard and Sergio Ramos and now, they are dealt with one more blow. Real Madrid will be without Raphael Varane for their crucial Champions League clash against Liverpool after the COVID test.
Los Blancos are rocked by the news when it broke out after the French international tested positive for COVID-19. The club released an official statement regarding the player’s health condition. The club statement read:
Real Madrid CF informs that our player Raphael Varane has given a positive result in the Covid-19 test that has been carried out this morning.
What next for Raphael Varane?
According to the rules of UEFA, any player testing positive for the virus has to self-isolate for more than a week. The player is not only set to miss both the clashes against Merseysiders but will also miss the crucial El Classico over the weekend. Barcelona and Real Madrid are separated by point and are in the touching distance from the pole position. The absence of both first-choice defenders is set to haunt Zinedine Zidane on Saturday.
This is not the first time that Real Madrid are without their prominent players for the crucial fixtures. The injuries have resulted in the Spanish giants’ inconsistent form throughout the season. The team met with the same fate in the last season as well. However, the Madrid-based outfit will rely on their past for inspiration. Liverpool haven’t defeated the Madrid outfit (both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid) on the last three occasions. Zidane will look to tweak his formation along with his line-up for the tie against defending Premier League champions. The former French midfielder might revert to a 3-5-2 formation, fielding Nacho, Eder Militao and Benjamin Mendy at the heart of the defense.
Can Real Madrid cope up in the absence of Varane and Ramos? Can they make it into the semifinals? Have your say below