The Frenchman will adhere to his preferred 4-3-3 systems, with two of the three attacks already guaranteed to go to Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard for Sunday’s match.
Six days left until LaLiga resumes
There are six days left before the resumption of the Real Madrid season against Eibar. Zinedine Zidane already knows how his team will be formed. The Frenchman will adhere to his preferred 4-3-3 systems. With two of the three attacks already guaranteed to go to Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard for Sunday’s match. In the case of Benzema, he is untouchable for Zidane and the only player who has made a significant contribution to the goalscoring department this season. As for Hazard, the suspension of the season due to coronavirus allowed him to return to peak fitness after ankle surgery in March. It is the third time that the Belgian restarted his campaign. With a major setback an ankle injury against the Paris Saint Germain in November.
Eden Hazard recovered in two months
Two games into his return in February, the former Chelsea striker again faded into the background and went to Dallas to undergo ankle surgery. At that time, it seemed that his season had ended, and his participation in Euro 2020 was under question, but he recovered in just two months. Now he will be happy to go to the final segment of the title race of Real Madrid with Barcelona in Laliga. That is a massive push for Zidane, who will be able to deploy him in his advantageous position to the left of the first three. The real question is: what happens to the right? The leading contenders for this place are Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale. The Spaniard, who did not play a competitive match this season, recovered from a knee injury he received in July 2019.
Gareth Bale has a muscle problem
However, the length of Asencio’s spell from the action means that he will have to be watched with extreme caution. There are risks associated with playing Bale too. On Saturday, he missed a Real Madrid warm-up game with a muscle problem. Zidane knows that Welshman has been a Real Madrid player in recent weeks, but, as always, he doesn’t want to make the most of a player whose abilities are still revered among the club. Vinicius Jr. may become the victim of this new composition and not at home on the right side of the attack, as it is on the left-wing. Rodrygo Goes is better on the right, but Zidane did not much prefer to play him before the break in the season.
The Real Madrid manager has very little doubt about Lucas Vazquez. But he will remain an essential part of the composition. The likes of James Rodriguez and Brahim Diaz have less chance of recruiting. Although a new selection of five substitutes might work in their favor.