The Real Madrid starting XI Zidane should pick versus Granada

Real Madrid have a rather difficult task ahead of them.

After a disappointing bout with Club Brugge in the heart of the Spanish capital, Los Blancos will welcome the current runners-up to the first spot in La Liga, Granada, to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Not many would’ve expected to see a newly promoted team so high in the standings after seven matchdays and yet, here they are, ready to take another scalp and continue shaking Spain to its core.

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For that reason, they cannot be taken lightly and Zinedine Zidane would be wise not to underestimate them. That also includes sending out a strong side that can get the job done this Saturday afternoon.

And with that being said, here’s what we think the Frenchman should go for in terms of his personnel…

Thibaut Courtois had to be subbed off at half-time in the clash against Club Brugge and the club confirmed that the Belgian is suffering from gastroenteritis with dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.

Zidane did mention that there indeed was a problem with his goalie when he faced the press after the Champions League clash, so Alphonse Areola is his best option.

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One other player that will miss out on the clash is Marcelo. The experienced left-back has also been injured for a while but made an appearance against Club Brugge in midweek. Still, the newest report coming from the club suggests he suffered a relapse of his injury so we won’t see him against Granada this weekend.

And with other left-back options, Ferland Mendy and Nacho, also injured, Zidane faces a huge selection problem that we believe can be best solved by a big change in formation.

Even though it’s fairly risky, we’re going with the bold choice of three defenders in front of Areola as Ramos and Varane are accompanied by Eder Militao.

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In the middle of the park, Zidane should stick with familiar faces – Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric are expected to all be fit, and they should be joined by James Rodriguez in a more advanced role. Despite only finding one assist this season, he’s averaged an impressive 1.8 key passes per game.

Gareth Bale sat out the last clash altogether, but we’re putting him into our suggested XI, contributing to three goals in five La Liga games so far.

He should be deployed on the right, opposite of Eden Hazard and just next to their centre-forward Karim Benzema, who remains Real Madrid’s top scorer in La Liga with five goals this term.

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