Toni Kroos played for 60 minutes of Wednesday’s Champions League tie with Paris Saint-Germain with a sprained left knee, he now faces a race to be fit for the second leg in the French capital but just what are Zinedine Zidane’s options should the midfielder fail to make it?
The Croatian midfielder is the most likely option to come into the starting line-up; he will start the clash with Real Betis on Sunday and attempt to show his worth.
This rotation would allow Zidane to keep the same formation in the second leg with Isco as the playmaker, Kovacic would also be able to link with Marcelo on the left and provide him with defensive support.
BBC with Isco
Zidane shocked the world when he elected to leave Gareth Bale on the bench in the first leg, however Kroos’ potential absence could force him into reuniting the famed attacking trio and drop Isco into a deeper midfield position.
This would see the team switch to a 4-2-3-1 with Casemiro and Luka Modric as the deeper midfielders.
As such, it represents what could be a very risky strategy with Los Blancos needing to avoid a 2-0 defeat to progress.
Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and a 4-4-2
It was the French coach’s tactical decisions which made the difference on Wednesday. With Los Blancos needing to take some form of advantage to France, he elected to introduce both Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez, all the while switching to a 4-4-2 formation.
This gave the team more attacking impetus and Modric and Casemiro would act as the middle pairing in the second leg.
This is perhaps the most balanced solution given the club’s need to be defensively solid, there would also be the option to bring Bale on midway through the match as a more attacking player.