It’s pretty safe to say that we still haven’t really seen the very best of Real Madrid or Zinedine Zidane this season.
After the first three games played in the new 2019/20 La Liga campaign, Los Blancos have only tallied five points following a win and two draws respectively.
But this Saturday, La Liga will once again be back at the Santiago Bernabeu and it’s going to be a big one.
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The Galacticos are welcoming Levante to their home ground in the Spanish capital and will be aiming to register all three points and kick-start their ascent up the table. But injuries and suspensions are still plaguing this team and Zidane will have to experiment once more in order to find his optimal lineup.
With all of that in mind, here’s what we think the Frenchman may cook up for the clash Saturday lunchtime clash:
Thibaut Courtois is likely to start this game between the sticks. Yes, Alphonse Areola just arrived but the French stopper is very much expected to play a supporting role to Madrid’s number one.
The defensive line is also self-explanatory. Daniel Carvajal looks set to occupy the right-back position with Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane manning the centre-back spots. Left-back is a bit of a conundrum and, even though it’s probably more likely we see Marcelo there, Ferland Mendy’s excellent performance against Villarreal at the beginning of the month should warrant him a start.
For that reason, we’ll slot the 24-year-old there. The midfield is a bit sketchy. With the newest injury to Luka Modric, Real Madrid now only have two natural centre-midfielders in the team in the form of Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde. It’s unlikely that Zidane will risk throwing the 21-year-old Castilla kid into the fray and we expect he’ll tinker with the formation, leaving Kroos and Casemiro in the middle and then flanking them with two wide players.
Vinicius Junior is bound to start on the left while that leaves the right for Lucas Vazquez. This is, of course, also helped by the fact Gareth Bale will be serving his red card suspension this weekend.
And finally, Luka Jovic and Karim Benzema should form a tandem up front as Real Madrid’s two strikers on the day.
Unfortunately for Zidane, he doesn’t really have much room to experiment or pull out some unexpected moves due to his squad being quite limited by injuries and suspensions.