Modric returned injured after playing the two games with Croatia and will not be today in the League match against Levante at Santiago Bernabéu, or in Paris, against PSG, at the premiere of the Champions League this season; Isco has not yet recovered and the bad news for Zidane is that Valverde also returned injured from international matches and did not train with the team. In addition, Casemiro has only trained once this week with the rest of the teammates after a beating Brazil. They have joined all the evils for Zidane in the center of the field, where this summer could not sign Pogba and the French were not interested in other players.
The match against Levante is a test to see the stability of Real Madrid and to verify that Zidane does to solve the famine that has suddenly appeared. One plan may be not to play much: he has good Kroos and James and will surely ask Casemiro for an effort, because he needs to give the team consistency.
What remains to be decided there is which player will accompany Benzema and Hazard (if he plays from the beginning) to replace the sanctioned Bale. Lucas Vázquez likes it because he is both a striker and a midfielder. With him, the team draws both 4-3-3 and 4-4-2, with James on the other side. The other option is to play Vinicius, whom he defended sharply in the Press conference before the match against Levante. That solution draws a totally offensive team, in which Kroos and James have to multiply to help Casemiro and Vinicius demands to maintain the position more than he desires.
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