After 29 minutes, the team with the worst attack in LaLiga Santander had scored against Real Madrid, had two chalked off and had missed a penalty. Starting a match with such a lack of intensity has always been a bad symptom and a rotten habit in many of Los Blancos‘ games this season. But when that happens after a week in which the team said farewell to the Copa del Rey, LaLiga Santander and the Champions League, a week in which the president asked for explanations from the squad, in which the coach questioned the professionalism of his players and in which the captain also locked himself with the squad to ask for commitment until the end of the season, we must directly question the professionalism of that squad. Or at least many of them.
There are players who, with their attitude, are hanging a ‘for sale’ sign around their necks. Bale, Isco and Marcelo are the three most obvious cases, no matter how much propaganda wants to blame Solari for their situations, as was the case with Julen Lopetegui. They are taking advantage of the weakness of a coach who knows his time is up, blaming him for the Welshman’s passiveness, the Spaniard’s indiscipline and the Brazilian’s abandonment.
Another who is on the way to joining the aforementioned trio is Toni Kroos. Tasteless, colourless and painless, the German has been spent the season hiding behind his enormous quality and his sharp dip in form seems like it comes from a lack of dedication. As someone who is responsible for directing possession for Los Blancos, Kroos is the main player responsible for Real Madrid not playing for anything this season. When things get worse, Kroos does not flinch or get involved, as if the problem was nothing to do with him.