James Rodriguez has had a year in football that he will hope to forget. Either because of Zinedine Zidane or because of himself, the truth is that lately he has made wrong decisions off the pitch as well.
From here, I recognise as a professional journalist with Gol Caracol, who has interviewed the Colombian star, that the player doesn’t know the impact of his words at a time like this.
Real Madrid are playing for the LaLiga Santander title and Zidane is keeping his word to everyone about using them in such a tight schedule, but he is aware that the collective must be above everything else.
So I don’t understand why, even if it was in a relaxed context and in a joking tone, James made the mistake of not knowing how all this works after so many years in elite football.
The Colombian jokes about not knowing why he isn’t playing and the headlines were all related to this. It is what will stay with many fans, but also possibly with Zidane and his teammates.
James, who in that interview was generally very respectful of his coach and teammates, made the mistake which could negatively impact the remaining seven matches in the season.
Even more bizarrely, this occurs after he started against Real Sociedad after a long absence from playing.
I have always been a defender of James, I don’t think Zidane has been fair to him, but the player must also be self-critical and he has chosen a bad time to convey the message about playing time.
Now he has to grit his teeth and take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself. Those words have done him a disservice, especially since they won’t have gone down well in the dressing room.
Although his future is far from Real Madrid, until the end of the season James must put every single ounce of focus into what is best for the team.