Zinedine Zidane was without Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema for Real Madrid‘s Supercopa de Espana semi-final against Valencia on Wednesday, yet the Frenchman surprised many people by playing a five-man midfield with Luka Jovic up top as the lone attacker.
It was thought that Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes would be alongside Jovic in attack, but instead Zidane sought more control of the ball and that was evident from the first minute as Los Blancos suffocated Los Che in the middle third.
What was interesting is that Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco and Fede Valverde managed to constantly switch positions, which made it very difficult for the Valencia players to know just where they were going to be.
Real Madrid ended the game with 61 percent of the possession and having made 798 passes, almost double Valencia‘s figure of 424, while it broke their previous record this season of 796.
As for shot on goal, Real Madrid tested Jaume Domenech‘s goal on 10 occasions in the first half and then a further seven times after the break.
After this, Zidane promised more surprises ahead of the Supercopa final on Sunday.
“I like to surprise with new things,” he said.