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The countdown for the ball to roll in the Camp Nou Next Wednesday, December 18 has begun. Before that, Real Madrid and Barcelona they must play two corresponding matches of The league and another of the Champions League -the last of the group stage, although both are already eighth teams-.

The rivals of Zinedine Zidane are Spanish, Witches and Valencia. Then Barça will arrive and before all of them it is confirmed that they will not be Eden Hazard not even the Brazilian Marcelo. This Thursday the medical parts of both have been issued. While the Belgian suffers a microfissure in the right ankle, the second captain has an injury in the left soleus.

Both aimed to be in the starting lineup against Barcelona, ​​but now their gaps are vacant. What seems safe, except setback these days before the game, is that Marcelo's place will be occupied by Ferland Mendy. The Frenchman has played eight games to date and now has a golden opportunity to overcome his teammate in the rotation.

Two free holes in the eleven holder of Real Madrid for El Clásico

In addition to Mendy, another seven holes of that initial eleven are already distributed. Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos; Casemiro, Fede Valverde, Kroos and Benzema are the fixed Zidane for The classic next to the French side. In principle, these players will be of the game, leaving two holes open for the assault on Camp Nou, in the duel postponed by the incidents occurred throughout Catalonia after knowing the judgment of the 'procès'.

Four players for two places

Only two holes remain in the theoretical eleven headline that Zinedine Zidane plans to face Barcelona. In the last two appointments, including the important visit of the PSG to the Santiago Bernabeu, the French coach opted for 4-4-2 with rhombus in the spinal cord. Thus, the fourth place in the spinal cord would be free, which would serve as a hitch in the midpoint area, and Karim Benzema's companion in the Madrid attack.

For that free position in the core, the most feasible options are those of Modric or Isco. That of honey Creek He has been a starter in the last two games and has left very good feelings, thus removing the criticism harvested at the start of the season for his poor performance. The alternative is that of the Croatian. The white '10' has been alternating substitutions and entitlements, with the aim of reaching the final leg of the campaign one hundred percent.

Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, warming up on Mendizorroza's lawn

Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, warming up on Mendizorroza's lawn


As a companion to Benzema there are two main candidates: Rodrygo and Bale. The Brazilian end has broken into Zidane's plans very strongly. It is one of the most positive notes of the season, although the French coach has tried not to put a lot of pressure, dosing his minutes. While the former Tottenham He also has discomfort, but it seems that he will be fit against Barcelona, ​​thus getting into the variables that Zizou handles.

System Alternative

In addition to the aforementioned 4-4-2, another option that Zinedine Zidane has is to align his pupils forming in the traditional 4-3-3 for which he has already bet this season on other occasions. With the latter, the question would be who would form the starting trident with Benzema, the only untouchable in the attack after Hazard's injury.

The possibilities to form that trio vary among those already mentioned. Use Isco in a more advanced position with Bale or Rodrygo as companions or use the latter two next to Karim. A) Yes, 'The Cardiff Express' would enter as far left and the former of Saints on the right flank.

(More information – Madrid, in a box for El Clasico: the effects of 'Black Thursday' and Zidane's solutions)



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