Sat. Jan 25th, 2020

The first eleven of Zidane

Zinedine Zidane faces his first season with absolute power on the bench of Madrid. The Frenchman has marked the exits and the possible arrivals, finally he has Hazard, an old wish, and he has chosen the squad he wants. Although there are still players to arrive and many more to leave.

The base of Zidane for this season is the same as that of two years ago, when he won the thirteenth European Cup. Just a signing has guarantees to find a regular site in the team owner. Only Hazard seems fixed on the eleven, starting from the left wing that last season occupied Isco or Vinicius. That means they have to find another place in the field or settle for the minutes that the Belgian does not play.

At the moment, Vinicius has been registered with the subsidiary in Segunda B. Same as Rodrygo. «Vini» already began last season with Castilla until Solari was encouraged to give him minutes and became essential. For a long time he was among the most outstanding of the team, but the arrival of Hazard forces him to adapt to play on the right wing or wait for his chance at the branch.

Zidane will be able to premiere in the early hours of Saturday to Sunday in Spain against Bayern Munich (2:00, Real Madrid Television and LaLigaSportsTV) the base team for this season. The only absentee of those who should be regulars is Casemiro, who has not yet joined after winning the Copa América with Brazil.

The chosen one for the goal is Courtois. The idea was to transfer to Keylor Navas, but the Costa Rican does not want to leave and has always had the confidence of Zidane. The French coach stopped two seasons ago the arrival of Kepa for the goal because his favorite was Navas. But for now, Keylor will have to wait for his chance behind the Belgian.

For the defense, Zizou has the same with which he was three times champion of Europe. Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Varane and Marcelo will be the base at the bottom of the team. Nacho trusts his chances to continue having opportunities, although he has lost his place in the national team and his position in the squad seems increasingly weak, especially after the arrival of Militao. On the wings, Odriozola and Mendy must press the starters to increase competition and have opportunities during the season. A Spanish international and a French international are for something more than to cover emergencies.

With the signings, Real Madrid what he has bought, especially are variants for the team and wardrobe background. Rodrygo must earn his chance. He is young, but he has already demonstrated his character and quality in the Brazilian championship and in the Copa Libertadores, where the toughness is much greater than in Europe. Jovic arrives to bring a goal to a team that last year missed him. He did not find anyone to fill in the gap left by Cristiano Ronaldo's fifty goals per season. But Benzema is still the reference striker. He was also the player who held the team for much of last season.

The question at the top is who will occupy the right side of the attack. It's the place where Gareth Bale usually plays. Madrid are still waiting for their start in this preseason, but in the meantime they can have their chances. The best way to sell it is to make it visible. But the French coach handles alternatives. Classics from his previous stage, such as Lucas Vázquez or Asensio and news such as Vinicius. Against Arsenal and Atlético in the following friendlies, the plan designed by Zidane will be better seen.

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