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Real Madrid outstripped Barca in terms of playing time for U21 players

Real Madrid have spent more time playing for U21 players in La Liga this season than their rivals Barca.

Real Madrid is the Spanish club that uses the most U21 players. Coach Zinedine Zidane has given the opportunity to young faces with more time rate than any team in La Liga.

Specifically, Real Madrid took the lead with 13.1% of the total minutes played, closely followed by Real Sociedad, one of the teams that brought more opportunities to the youngest player.

This is the result from the International Sports Research Center based on the percentage of minutes the young players in each team play.

Among Real Madrid’s young players, Federico Valverde is most trusted with 1,266 minutes in La Liga. Vinicius also played quite a lot: 900 minutes, followed by Rodrygo (666), Brahim (23) and 432 minutes of Militao, before the defender turned a new age in January.

This is also the reason that Real Madrid is the third lowest average age team in the tournament (26.9), after Real Sociedad (25.9) and Celta (26.4).

Surprisingly, Real Sociedad took second place thanks to opportunities for Martin Odegaard, Alexander Isak and Ander Barrenetxea.

Third place went to Atletico de Madrid with 12% of the total minutes, typically Joao Felix (1,409), Renan Lodi (1,672).

Meanwhile, Barca has only 5.4% of the total minutes, with limited time for Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig. This is a low rate for a club that is usually proud of its young training system.

However, 7% of La Liga’s total minutes is the lowest in Europe’s top 5 leagues, behind Ligue 1 (15%), Bundesliga (9.8%), Premier League (8.5%) and Serie A (7.7%).

Clubs with the highest U21 player utilization rate:

Lille 32.1%

Chelsea 23.3%

Ajax 22.5%

Dortmund 22.3%

Arsenal 17.8%

Milan 15.5%

MU 13.7%

Lyon 13.5%

PSG 11%

Liverpool 9%

Benfica 8%

Juventus 7.9%

Bayern Munich 7.4%

Inter Milan 5.3%

Porto 3.2%

Napoli 2.8%

Man City 2.3%

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Real Madrid compete with Barca to get Lautaro Martinez

The Spanish media revealed that Real Madrid jumped into the race to recruit the Argentinian striker, the leading target of rival Barca.

SPORT newspaper reported that in February Real Madrid tried to contact and persuade Martinez to sign a contract. However, the Argentine striker was not interested in the Bernabeu’s proposal when the talks between him and Barcelona were going well.

Therefore, Real Madrid will only be able to return to the Martinez deal in the summer of 2020. The 22-year-old’s contract release fee is up to 111 million euros.

The reason

The reason why Real Madrid constantly pursued Martinez is because rookie Luka Jovic did not meet expectations and Karim Benzema started showing signs of age. However, their plan is facing many difficulties because of competing with Barca.

Martinez prioritizes joining Barca more than any other club. He also informed BLD Inter Milan that he only wanted to move to the Camp Nou team. In addition, he expressed his desire to play with superstar Lionel Messi, Argentina team-mate.

How good is Martinez?

In the 2019/20 season, Martinez scored 16 goals and 4 assists for Inter after 31 appearances in all competitions. In Serie A alone, he scored 11 goals in 22 matches.

Martinez is praised by professionals for speed and finishing. Barca has long admired the talent of the Argentinian striker and sees him as a permanent replacement for Luis Suarez. However, to make this deal, Barca is considering plans to exchange Arturo Vidal or Ivan Rakitic with Inter to reduce the transfer cost of Martinez.

Barca can even sell 5 players Nelson Semedo, Arthur, Arturo Vidal, Carles Alena and Jean-Clair Todibo to have money to recruit Martinez. In the summer of 2019, Barca used to be very close to the Argentinian’s signature. However, they withdrew at the last minute when Inter asked for 80 million euros.

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Barca emphasizes style, Real only needs the title

Through the first matches of 2020, Real Madrid is showing the effectiveness of changing the style from florid to pragmatic.

When defeating Valladolid 1-0 in La Liga last Sunday, no Real member could leave with a good memory except defender Nacho – the only goal scorer. In fact, Nacho is not too proud of what he can do.

His goal was only salvation in an unattractive match, where Real was nothing better than the 15th place team. It was also not beautiful enough to remember long, when it was just a simple header. from the cross of Toni Kroos.

But that match shows the new philosophy of Real. Zinedine Zidane’s teachers and students do not need to play beautifully, only need efficiency and titles. They are succeeding with this philosophy by taking three points more than defending champion Barca.

When Zidane regained the torn Real ship during the disastrous 2018-2019 season, Zidane understood that he was facing an unprecedented reconstruction mission. In addition to his weak experience in rebuilding a team, he still lacks many good players with high performance, good age … to bring stability.

As a result, they changed their philosophy and focused more on the results. Zidane is aware that, no matter how beautiful he plays, the plan will be broken and he will have to leave if Real does not win anything this season.

Supporters are also tending to support Zidane’s change. They are not interested in Real struggling to win against Valladolid, the picture is the opposite of the win time of six, or seven goals as when Cristiano Ronaldo, but they are willing to ignore all problems if the team ends with the title. champion.

The victory over Valladolid is the kind of match that only historical enthusiasts can remember in a few weeks. But with Real, it is important that they have an advantage over Barca. While the rivalry is still struggling to get acquainted with the style of the new coach Quique Setien, Real has quietly moved into a favorable position to prepare to accelerate.

In recent weeks, the line of the Royal team has been almost numb. While Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard are sidelined for convalescence, Luka Jovic, Rodrygo, Vinicius and Lucas Vazquez are helpless to replace.

However, with good adaptability and willingness to change, Real still has the necessary number of goals. Scorer from all front lines such as defender Nacho, Varane, or midfielder Luka Modric, Casemiro.