Zidane hasn’t complained about the congested recover table either. The Frenchman is crossing his fingers, praying things go to plan in the Champions League and giving Odegaard a shot to keep his boss sweet. As long as Isco and James are named in the squad, who can criticise him for his decision? When Florentino got rid of Benítez and made Zidane the first team manager my friend David Gistau compared his behaviour to that of someone using a child as a human shield in the middle of the shootout. Zidane is the child in this scenario and in the face of the mounting injury crisis he has enlisted Odegaard, a player, brought in by Florentino, who (for now) is a stand-in ‘only to be used in the case of emergencies’ attacking midfield option. I wish all three of them luck.