VAZQUEZ IS MORE RELIABLE AT FULLBACK THAN THE WING
Lucas Vazquez, originally a right winger has been transformed into a right-back by Zinedine Zidane. The former Espanyol player has been trusted by the coach on some of the biggest occasions to play in the defensive role, including in a Champions League tie against Bayern Munich back in the 2017/18 season.
Of late, his opportunities on the forward flanks have been limited thanks to Rodrygo Goes and Marco Asensio performing superbly but Vazquez has certainly made his mark over the right-back’s role. His overall contributions now make him a more reliable option to play as a fullback, perhaps more so than Dani Carvajal’s original understudy, Alvaro Odriozola.
MARCELO PUT IN A GOOD DISPLAY AT LEFT-BACK
Marcelo is often criticized for leaving the defence unguarded and as a result, Zinedine Zidane has responded by handing more minutes for Ferland Mendy. With the Frenchman having been rested, the Brazilian was given the nod and he did a very good job, most importantly in containing attacks down the left side.
The 32-year-old was not lurking further forward on the pitch and paid heed to his defensive duties. Besides that, Marcelo also put in some dangerous crosses and one of them played a big role in setting up Real’s fourth goal in second-half stoppage time. While his role may continue being limited now, the vice-captain has proven he can deliver when called upon.