Real Madrid should start Jović in a front-two with Benzema this weekend

This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Real Madrid could most likely use some innovation at the tip of their attack and with so many injuries plaguing the squad, Zinedine Zidane should try sticking to the partnership of Karim Benzema and the newcomer, Luka Jović.

A simple tactical tweak and a formation change could accommodate both forwards and enable them to complement each other perfectly.

On the chalkboard

Currently, picking an ideal starting lineup is a task easier said than done for Los Blancos’ French manager.

With five players out with injuries and all of them being attacking players, a squad that was full with potential has suddenly been left rather sparse at the business end of the pitch.

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But even with that being said, Zidane still has two of his main strikers available to him and he should definitely use them. And the best thing about it is that Jovic and Benzema can easily be fielded as a tandem rather than two squad players fighting for the same spot. All it takes is a change in formation and some courage on Zidane’s part.

A new partnership

On paper, both Benzema and Jovic are better off as clear-cut strikers. Both players would most likely prefer being the only centre-forward at Real Madrid as that is their natural position.

But with the situation as dire as it is with all the injuries, Zidane might not have two reliable wingers at his disposal to flank his lone striker.

Both Benzema and Jovic are players who excel as lone strikers but they can also be effective when given a partner to work with. Benzema became accustomed to that in the 2017/18 season when he used to grace the pitch with Cristiano Ronaldo, and Jović did the same with Sebastian Haller last season for Eintracht Frankfurt.

It’s also significant that both players have a keen eye for both scoring and assisting. Benzema netted seven assists in La Liga last season while Jovic tallied six in the Bundesliga.

Of course, they did start the game against Villarreal together in a 4-4-2 formation but Zidane shouldn’t discard that option on the basis of a single game that ended in a draw.

Naturally, once Eden Hazard recovers from his injury, it’s likely that we won’t see Jović and Benzema playing together.

However, for the time being it’s an ideal opportunity for Zidane to experiment with utilising two elite attackers in a deadly front-two.

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