• Crónica Lunin shows Cádiz to the abyss and Madrid continues on its way to Paris

Between the whistle that ended the Champions League

semi-final second leg


Manchester City

and the start of the final against



Real Madrid

will have experienced

23 days, 21 hours and 30 minutes

of tense calm.

Three weeks

of competitive relaxation for a

League won with four games to go that left the duels against

Atlético de Madrid, Levante, Cádiz and Betis

without emotional incentives


573 hours of reflection

towards the duel at the

Stade de France

, to recover from injuries and to celebrate the successes of a season that has reached unexpected heights in October.

But how to maintain competitive tension without external stimuli for so long?


to manage the template


Is it better for Ancelotti

's spine to

play it all or to rest for two weeks?

For now, Carletto

's decisions

have taught us that everything is measured to the millimeter.

That in the

derby Courtois and Benzema

did not dispute a single second and that

Modric, Vinicius, Mendy


Fede Valverde

entered the game at the time of the match instead of

Casemiro, Kroos, Militao and Jovic


That against


'Tibu', Karim and Luka were starters, that


played the entire duel to achieve his first


, that


entered the 75th minute for Valverde and that Casemiro, Carvajal and Militao did not jump onto the pitch.

That on Sunday Modric, Benzema and Vinicius did not travel to Cádiz, that Mendy and Camavinga did not get up from the band, that Militao, Casemiro and Kroos had ninety minutes, Valverde sixty and Carvajal,

Ceballos and Hazard

half an hour.

It is the logic of Madrid's coaching staff, led by Ancelotti but conditioned and advised by the wisdom of '

Sergeant' Pintus

, who last July structured a 10-month plan that now, in May, has the Madrid dressing room like a plane.

"We have to have

intensity and commitment

during these weeks," explained


, referring to the rotations and the importance of maintaining and achieving the necessary competitive tension to arrive in Paris in good condition.

But what do the experts say?

"The important thing is that they arrive"

"When you don't play anything, it's difficult to stay motivated, but it's very important because

if you have bad feelings or bad results, you have doubts

," says

David Antona


Willy Hernangómez

's physical trainer, among others .

"For the rest, going 24 days without having an 'important' match only has advantages. It is a month to plan the match, to recover from injuries and to remind yourself of strength and aerobic work.

I would not innovate too much

because in a month It gives you time to transform the physique of a team".

In that sense, if Madrid has shown anything in recent weeks, it is to have reached May in colossal form.

"I don't think that the fact of not having decisive games is going to reduce them when it comes to playing the final," says

Jordi Balcells

, a coach who worked with

Pablo Machín

at Girona and Alavés.

"This type of footballer

does not need encouragement

. They are more than used to playing games with high competitive tension. The important thing is that they arrive, that they are available".

"Playing is better than avoiding risks"

And the key for Ancelotti to have the entire squad in the

Stade de France

dressing room on May 28 is not to have


, the biggest fear that exists in


these days.



plays the Premier League every three or four days and already trembles with the discomfort of

Fabinho, Salah and Van Dijk

, every detail and every pain is analyzed in the Real Madrid sports city to avoid muscle problems on the way to Paris.

"The only risk may be that playing relaxed can cause you an

unexpected injury

. That you go with

less tension in a crash

and you have a joint problem... But there they will have more impact to keep them motivated," explains



adds: "When you expose yourself, when you play, there are always risks. Cádiz was playing for relegation and going


, and surely the Madrid players were not looking for that limit. But

staying active in the competition is more beneficial

than having a

Zero risk of injury

from exposing yourself. If there is no discomfort, playing is always better."

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