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This Saturday, the government confirmed that La Liga’s return would take place the week of June 8. The Seville–Betis would take place on Friday June 12 and Real Madrid would play at home against Eibar. Thus returns the domestic championship after several months of stoppage due to the coronavirus.
The Real Madrid players returned to training, individually, last Monday, May 4. After several months of confinement, all of them have been training in their respective homes to arrive in the best possible way. In the absence of being able to train the entire team together, these days they have been able to see training between small groups.
Before the break, Real Madrid was second in the table two points behind Barcelona. In the Champions, the white team is pending the second leg of the second round match against Manchester City. Zidane is clear that the great objective is The league and for this it has several pending tasks.
In the goal there is no discussion: Courtois He is the starting goalkeeper for Zidane. After a hesitant start to the season, the Belgian goalkeeper has closed the goal, ending any kind of debate and proving that critics and those who said it was not for the Madrid goal were wrong.
After taking a step forward, his great performances have enabled Real Madrid to end several games with a clean sheet, saving several goals and points.
All this has had an impact on the defense and has made Real Madrid the least scored team in La Liga. In total in all competitions, 32 games played, conceding just 26 goals and keeping his goal to 14 in 14 clashes.
The left side
Zidane’s first big task will be the left back. Before the break, both Mendy how Marcelo they took turns, but it was the Frenchman who enjoyed more opportunities, also taking advantage of the Brazilian’s physical problems.
Neither party starts and Zidane will be the one to choose his left back for the game against Eibar. Mendy, an insurance back, has played a total of 22 games between all competitions. For his part, Marcelo, who made it clear a few days ago that he did not want to move from Real Madrid, has played 19 games and scored a goal.
The third central
The central position at Real Madrid has always been questioned, but today the central pair is non-negotiable: Sergio Ramos and Varane They have become two of the best defenders in the world and their presence in the great nights and games is unquestionable.
Finished with the debate of the two starting central defenders, it is the position of third central that brings Zidane upside down.
Militao He arrived last summer from Porto to occupy that third-center hole, but the Brazilian has had no luck in his interventions. Since then, he has played a total of 13 matches, again being a starter.
Both the Brazilian and Nacho They play to be one of the possible substitutes for Varane or Ramos. Militao starts as an advantage because in the current season Nacho has seen how he went from third to central room. Despite the fact that a year ago no one questioned his role in the white team, this last year he has lowered his performance having certain improper errors in him.
In the middle, Valverde and Casemiro they are two fixed. The first of them has made a quality leap this season. His dedication in each game and his tremendous physical display has helped his teammates to be more liberated. For its part, Real Madrid does not understand a midfield without Casemiro.
Kroos It is the third medium, although it could take turns with Modric in various games. In several collisions, Zidane has played with Isco coupling, in a kind of rhombus, or in the middle with a 4-4-2, so the Malaga player could be from the game in several games.
Hazard and Benzema they start as the two starters in the white attack. If Zidane opts for a 4-3-3, Vinicius, Bale or Rodrygo, they will play a place next to the French and the Belgian.
The first of them is the one who starts with the most options to start due to his last games before the break. Vinicius has taken a step forward and became one of the most decisive players in recent games.
Asensio It is the great unknown due to the injury that took him away from the playing fields for several months. He will start the first games as substitutes, but could be a great wild card to accompany Hazard and Benzema in the attack or act as a playmaker.
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