Real Madrid have issues.
Their semi-final defeat in the Supercopa de Espana at the hands of Athletic Bilbao was worrying, especially coupled with their irregular form in La Liga and the competition they dominated this past decade, the Champions League.
Looking to the future, as Marca have done, they have another problem. Their team is dominated by older figures who built the core of the team for the past half-decade, and has been unable to regenerate itself the way in which great teams should.
Madrid’s transfer policy in recent years has reflected a desire to prepare for the future, but on the pitch the minutes Zinedine Zidane gives out are dominated by the older guard he knows and trusts.
The minutes prove it – Madrid are relying on trusted lieutenants and neglecting the youthful talent they’re spending significant funds on.
Los Blancos are going to need to strike a balance between the two in the next few years, or a worrying streak could become a full-blown crisis.