Zidane’s changes for new Real Madrid system

22 Apr 2019

Since Zinedine Zidane arrived at Real Madrid for a second era, he has made it clear in every press conference that he foresees an era of change.

It is a word which appears time and time again in his answers to journalists, even when the question doesn’t mention it.

In the mind of the coach, he is drawing up a new-look Real Madrid, with new players, with some major departures and with a team that will be very different to the one that won four Champions League titles in five years.

“The changes will affect the scheme too,” he said on Saturday when asked if the change would affect more than just the names.

Here, we take a look at the alterations that can be expected.

Without Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale, a trident is not definite

The famous BBC has passed on with the departure of Ronaldo and it’ll be even further consigned to the past if Bale departs.

A trident was almost obligatory for Carlo Ancelotti and Zidane also used the 4-3-3 as his first choice.

But without the Portuguese striker, the Frenchman knows that the system is not the same.

The midfield is in an evolution process and it is not clear if Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro will be undisputed starters after a disappointing year from all three.

Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba, Luka Jovic… Players to define a new system

Real Madrid have already sealed deals for Eder Militao and Rodrygo for next season, with a deal for Hazard also close to completion.

Jovic could also join to add more goals, allowing the coach to play with two up front to give Karim Benzema a strike partner.

There will also be signings in midfield, where Pogba could condition the style of play as a pivot or in a more advanced role if he arrives.

More rhythm, more directness and more speed with the new signings

If Real Madrid have lacked something, it has been speed and unpredictability in attack.

With the return of Vinicius, who has already shown what he can offer this side in his debut season, and with the arrivals of Rodrygo (definitely) and Hazard (most likely), Zidane will give his team a more direct and rapid approach.

Zidane‘s new team will be more direct, aggressive and electrifying in attack.

A treasure trove of tactical options

With those who remain and those who arrive, Zidane will be able to give a new shape to his team with a number of different options on the table.

The 4-3-3 shape could remain an alternative, though the nature of the potential signings (particularly Hazard and Pogba, who would come to start games) would suggest that the area of creating chances would have four or five in the middle of the new-look Real Madrid.

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