Real Madrid’s new look 4-3-3 formation under Zidane

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Real Madrid have sacked Rafael Benitez after just 25 matches in charge and appointed club legend Zinedine Zidane. Zidane is expected to have time and space unlike many managers before him who were afforded the same by the club president Perez. But Zidane as a Real Madrid legend has the backing of the supporters in the stands and from fans worldwide, this will actually give him more time than any other Real manager would get.

Real Madrid in a way are trying to emulate Barcelona’s Pep appointment but whether Zidane has the necessary skills to become a success or not remains to be seen. Benitez had dropped Isco and James Rodriguez for the Valencia game which clearly shows his preference for a more structured team. Zidane on the other hand is expected to give his attackers a free run but he knows the importance of a holding midfielder. Makelele was an important part of the Real team Zidane played for and after he was sold,the whole galaticos project fell apart.

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Zidane is most likely to opt for a 4-3-3 which changes to a 4-4-2 when Ronaldo moves forward along with Karim Benzema. Biggest problem for Zidane is to make his midfield more stable and defensive. Real’s midfield was easily passed through by Valencia on their way to a 2-2 draw. Also,the front three have to be more involved in the team play and Zidane should get them pressing again.

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