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Zinedine Zidane has a problem against Alaves’ visit to the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano

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08 Jul 2020
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The Spaniard will be replaced by Ferland Mendy, left-footed, who will have to adapt to the game on the right-hand side of the back four.

Real Madrid facing problems ahead of Alaves’ visit

Zinedine Zidane has a problem against Alaves’ visit to the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Friday night. With Dani Carvajal suspended for the match. The Spaniard will be replaced by Ferland Mendy, left-footed. He will have to adapt to the game on the right-hand side of the back four. It will be a noticeable change for the Frenchman, but it is not his first time filling in at right-back. During the match against Eibar, the first one LaLiga got back underway, Carvajal came out halfway due to an ankle knock. Marcelo started at left-back, while Nacho Fernandez and Lucas Vazquez were injured. So Zidane had to invent a right-back for the second half.

Mendy will be in the starting XI

Eder Militao was an option, but he was left out to sea playing in that position during Los Blancos defeat to Real Betis just before the coronavirus lockdown. So, Zidane turned to Mendy, who only played for five minutes in this position during the Europa League match for Lyon against Villarreal in 2017/18. Two appearances by Mendy at right-back were identical results: 3-1 in favor of his teams. As a No.2 against Eibar, the 25-year-old presented perfect performance: better defense than going forward, just like when he plays in No.3 position. In any case, Zidane seemed satisfied with the show of his compatriot. So everything points to Mendy starting from the right-back on Friday night.

Zidane does not have many other options since Nacho is excluded. Militao fills in the center-back for the detached Sergio Ramos, and Lucas is favored as a winger. Raphael Varane will recur after recovering from a neck injury. While Marcelo will form the back four, starting again at left-back. Further up the pitch, Zidane has many options in midfield and attack.

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