Real Madrid need a change. Nineteen points behind Barcelona in LaLiga, with a growing sense of depression setting in and Paris Saint-Germain’s upcoming visit next month to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Zinedine Zidane must find the solution to stop making his team predictable. Los Blancos must find their spark again and fight for the two titles that the club still have within reach this season.
But what changes can Zidane make? Taking into account previous experience and examples, you can’t expect a revolution from the French coach, something that might not even be the solution either.
Asensio for Casemiro and high pressure
Without Casemiro and with Marco Asensio, Madrid would naturally gain a step forward in terms of pressure, in addition to gaining speed on the attack. The best version of Los Blancos this season was seen in the second leg of the Supercopa de Espana as well as their LaLiga match against Sevilla. In both duels, Asensio was present in the line-up while Casemiro was not. Their high pressure suffocated both Barcelona and Sevilla, whilst their dominance and good play was extraordinary.
Three central defenders and wing-backs
It’s evident that the wing-backs, especially Marcelo, are becoming a headache for the French coach. He could strengthen his back line with three central defenders, leaving more freedom for Dani Carvajal and the Brazilian to attack. It’s an experiment that was already tested last season, with Nacho, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos and Casemiro all being familiar with that system.
Karim Benzema is back and, despite his sluggish performance after returning from injury, it seems difficult to imagine Zidane keeping him on the bench. Will BBC return? A BBC that was lethal in front of goal? It has been so long since the three players have played together, and their individual contributions have been so poor, that thinking about their reunion on the pitch doesn’t excite Real Madrid anymore. But perhaps the solution is the simplest. Go back to what worked. Believe in what will work again.
4-2-3-1 and playing with extremely wide wingers
Lucas Vazquez is one of the few Madrid footballers who is performing well and meeting the high expectations. He and Gareth Bale would give depth to a Real side who are in desperate need of it. And with Cristiano Ronaldo as a false nine, maybe the Portuguese striker can find his goal-scoring form again and return to his stunning numbers.