Zinedine Zidane opted for the most similar player to the Frenchman he has, Fede Valverde, who gives him the route that the coach wanted for most games, but especially for very physical games like yesterday.
For many of Real Madrid players, the Uruguayan bet was a surprise, but it was nothing new for Zidane and his coaching staff, who need a player of that profile for their plans.
They wanted Pogba because besides contributing the work and the pressure that Fede did, he can give much more in the attacking phase, where with his vision of the game he can be decisive too, especially with passes between lines and displacements of medium distance above the opposing defense that would leave Bale, Hazard and co. in advantage ahead.
In the pressure that Kroos tends to do, it could also help him a lot when he can alternate him, and when the German felt charged with minutes, he would go into place to help the rotations of Zidane’s coaching staff .
Even so, Valverde is fulfilling this role and the Frenchman plan to continue counting on him.