With Zinedine Zidane now settled back in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, he has some decisions to make regarding Real Madrid’s strongest eleven for the coming season.
Incoming stars like Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic will most certainly be taking their place in the starting lineup in what could be a 4-3-3 formation for the Spanish giants.
Zidane seems to prefer Keylor Navas as a first-choice goalkeeper. However, with the Costa Rican international now 32, Zidane may decide to opt for Thibaut Courtois this season with the Belgian only 27 and entering what should be the ‘prime years’ of his career.
The back four will most likely consist of Daniel Carvajal on the right with Raphael Varane in the centre alongside Sergio Ramos. New signing Eder Militao is a very capable backup to cover at centre-half and with Ramos pushing on at 33, Eder can look forward to a long and successful career at Real Madrid.
On the left side of the back four, Marcelo will be battling to keep his place ahead of Ferland Mendy who arrived from Lyon this summer. Marcelo should hold onto the left-back spot for now.
I think Zidane will opt for a midfield of three pretty central players in Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
Casemiro will sit at the base of the trio with Modric and Kroos just ahead of the Brazilian, creating plenty of opportunities for the front three.
In the forward line, it would not surprise me to see Zidane give Eden Hazard something of a free role behind Karim Benzema and Luka Jovic. Benzema, the veteran Real striker, and Jovic, the new boy, will be tasked with forming an attacking partnership with lethal potential.
Gareth Bale seems to certainly be on his way out of Real Madrid if anyone will match his wage demands. Dani Ceballos has joined Arsenal on loan so will ply his trade in the Premier League next season.
Marco Asensio suffered an ACL injury earlier this week so he will be out for most of the season.
James Rodriguez’s future is still to be decided now that his loan spell at FC Bayern has ended. Other players like Isco, Mariano Diaz, Vinicius Junior and 18-year-old new arrival Rodrygo will all be pushing for a starting place, too.
Real Madrid’s current strongest lineup (4-3-3): Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos; Hazard, Jovic, Benzema
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