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Zidane and his Classic puzzle

first_imgMadrid plays a good part of the season in the Sunday Classic (9:00 p.m., Movistar LaLiga) and Zidane has to solve his particular puzzle for that match. The defeat against Manchester City, which leaves him on the wire in the Champions League, has surrounded the team of unknowns.The first one is the mystery of Kroos. The German has been indisputable to all coaches since arriving in Madrid, including Zidane, but since the derby against Atlético on February 1 (he was replaced at the break) Something seems to have “broken” between the coach and the German. Against the City, in the most important game of the course, he was substitute and Zizou clarified that he had no physical problem. It was a technical decision. Against Barcelona, ​​Kroos is expected to return to eleven, although it remains to be known whether it will be for Modric, Valverde or Isco.On the other hand, the logical thing would be for Vinicius to repeat ownership against Barcelona after being the most prominent of Real Madrid against City. Hazard’s injury has opened the options of earning a place on the left, his favorite demarcation, and so far he has taken advantage of it. It has gone from dilemma to solution for Zidane and it would be strange if the Real Madrid player in a better way saw the Classic from the bench … Finally, Zidane must solve the unknowns of the sides. The right, after the departure of Odriozola, is fixed for Carvajal, but the canterano left many doubts against the City. Almost the same ones that Nacho has thrown when he has occupied that demarcation recently, So the coach will continue to trust Carvajal. On the left side it is all more open. Mendy has established itself as a holder, although Zizou maintains the idea of ​​recovering Marcelo, who continues to give opportunities. Being a starter in a Classic would be a motivating factor for the Brazilian and would provide more presence in attack on Real Madrid …With some pieces of eleven very defined (Courtois, Varane, Ramos, Casemiro and Benzema), in the rest Zidane meditates shake the team to look for a reaction in such a delicate moment. He is aware that a new defeat at the Bernabéu would leave the options of getting a trophy up this season very uphill …last_img read more