It is going to be a cracker encounter when Real Madrid host Deportivo tomorrow because it the 1st games of one of the greatest player of this era as a manager of a first class team!
After the sacking of a certain Rafa Benitez, Real Madrid turned to its trusted player Zinedine Zidane. The name is enough and one does not necessarily need to enlist the achievements of this particular individual. And now added to his list of accomplishments is being the coach of one of the biggest club in the world.
Zizou’s task is cut out for him and his journey begins tomorrow when the Los Blancos take on Deportivo. It might sound like an easy challenge for the Whites, but that my friend would be a misconception. Under Victor Sanchez, Deportivo has reached new heights. From 16th last season to being 7th this season, the team has come a long way. The Turks have lost only 1 of their 9 away games which shows the capabilities of the underdogs.
But Madrid is on a different planet at the moment, scoring as many as 10 goals in a game. The Los Blancos will take up the challenge merrily and would want to welcome the Frechman with big win!
Predicted Line up for Real Madrid:
The task of guarding the post continues to be the job of a certain Costa Rican who has been phenomenal for Madrid. Navas has kept 7 clean sheets in the past 16 games and continues to display exceptional skills in the absence of a strong defensive line. Navas will be an instrumental figure if Madrid is to bag those 3 points from this encounter and start their year on a positive note.
Madrid’s back four are likely to be Sergio Ramos, Danilo, Pepe and Marcelo. This season the defence has let the team down which has led to defeats at the hands of Sevilla, Villareal and that Thrashing at the hands of the Catalans. Navas can do so much as long as the defence does its job. The availability of Carvajal proves to be a boon for Zizou and with his French sounterpart too seemingly fit, the new boss would hope that the defence debacle is solved and Madrid can move their rivals.
Kroos and Modric will be the occupants of the defensive midfield and would have to play a key role, if Madrid is to take the game home. Kroos seems to be in a good nick after coming back from his injury, Modric seems to be struggling. Madrid need pull up their socks if they want to give a fight to table toppers Atletico and Barcelona.
Cristinao Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez will handle the task of taking the game to the opponents. Real Madrid’s campaign will highly depend on the trio’s antics and with Ronaldo’s claim that he will score a brace potentially in every game; it sure will be an amusing match. However there are questions regarding the fitness of Bale and Zizou will surely hope that the Welshman is fit on the night he will surely need the big man on the biggest night of his managerial career.
Karim Benzema will be Madrid’s frontman and the Frenchman despite his off field plight has been great for the Los Blancos. Benzema has scored 12 goals in his 13 games so far and his partnership with Ronaldo and Bale has led to terrific outcomes for the Madrid outfit.