Pamplona: the last conflict of the war between La Liga and Real Madrid
Travel. Madrid, from Pamplona to Malaga
The numbers belie the words and feed the enigma about
«He can play in many positions on the team, up, in attack, and in other positions.
He has a lot of quality, ”
at the start of the course, when he insisted that the Norwegian finalize his successful assignment at the Royal Society to return to a team that needed to reinforce itself with its own production in the face of the market collapse caused by the pandemic.
The midfielder started with intensity, but has gradually been diluted to enter the third and inconsequential unit of the white team.
Odegaard is no longer that child signed in 2015 as a great exponent of the new generation.
Now he is 22 years old and with a fruitful educational career away from Bernabéu: Heerenveen (2017-18), Vitesse (2018-19) and Real Sociedad (2019-20).
Extraordinary was his contest in the San Sebastian entity, where he was the generator of the game.
Last year, at this point in the season, the Norwegian had played
16 of 18 league games
All intact, and was only absent in two due to injury.
More than 1,440 minutes played, with four goals and five assists.
Figures incomparable with those of this course: only nine games (seven in the League and two in the Champions League), 367 minutes, without goals and assists.
Now, he does not even reach 10 games and some of them with a testimonial presence, as against Levante (he barely played a minute).
THE EFFECT OF BETIS
The Norwegian started the campaign with force: ownership in the first two days, against Real Sociedad and Betis.
But everything changed from the equator of the meeting at Benito Villamarín.
Zidane replaced him in the 45th minute and there began a cycle of uncertainty and injuries.
He suffered a
in the soleus of his right leg and was out for a month.
He reappeared on the ninth day, against Valencia, and chained three more appointments;
He was injured again and did not return until mid-December.
Since then, their presence in the calls only serves to comply with the file.
In the last five games his benefits have been minimal: six minutes against Celta.
The mystery about the Norwegian's freezing can only be revealed by Zidane, but the data certify that this secondary role is consummated from the moment the Frenchman, after the harrowing journey through the Champions League, reduced rotations and decidedly opted for the trio
Odegaard not only disappears, but in recent engagements he was overtaken by Isco, who seemed ostracized.
In addition, with the recovery of Valverde he also loses options.
Now the Norwegian international has grown suspicious and is hoping for a shot at this week's Super Cup.
EXHIBITION AT THE BERNABÉU
Far away is that exhibition with Real Sociedad at the Bernabéu (3-4) in the quarterfinals of the Cup 11 months ago, when the Real Madrid technicians cleared up the few doubts they had about their innate conditions.
That February 6 he led the San Sebastian formation with impudence, game distribution and phenomenal deep passes.
He scored the first of four goals and, along with
, brought the Whites down in an electrifying match.
Odegaard longs for that prominence in San Sebastián and recalls with surprise those compliments of Zidane at the beginning of the season: “Martin is a quality player who can contribute a lot to the team.
Every year it has gotten better and better.
He has to adapt to the team and go little by little, but I have no doubts about what a great player he is.
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