Zidane will pray to have his four defenders for the Champions League final

05 May 2018

The Real Madrid back four writes itself onto the teamsheet when all of the starters are fit and Zinedine Zidane will be hoping he doesn’t have any defensive absences for the Champions League final against Liverpool.

Assuming no players are missing, Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo will start in Kiev.

Not only is the defence the area where the starters are so clear, but it’s the position where there are the fewest alternatives.

Nacho can fill in almost anywhere in the back line, but when he is unavailable, as he was against Bayern Munich, Zidane has to look for out-of-the-box solutions such as experimenting with Lucas Vazquez at right-back.

Although this worked enough for Los Blancos to reach the final, Zidane will have his fingers crossed as this situation would be far from ideal against Liverpool.

Zidane has had many defensive absences to content with already this season, with all players being suspended or injured at some point.

Only 16 times out of 57 has he had his starting back four this season in the line-up.

He’ll hope he can count on them in Ukraine.

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