Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane is planning for the 2020/21 season which is due to start in a couple more weeks from now.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is already preparing for the 2020/21 campaign just three weeks after finishing an unusually lengthy 2019/20 season. The Whites landed two pieces of silverware in the shape of La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, but did fall short in the Copa del Rey, a trophy the coach has never won and the Champions League.
In the upcoming weeks, the Whites will start the defence of La Liga, which Zidane has highlighted as the most important competition given the amount of consistency required. With that in mind, he will certainly have his eyes set on a domestic double and undoubtedly a better finish in the European Cup as compared to the last two seasons.
Don Balon has now claimed that the manager has developed a blueprint of his preferred line-up for next season. It’s no secret that he will continuously pop in some surprises in the starting eleven, week in and week out, but for the most difficult parts of the season, he trust a handful of players to get the job done.
At the back, Thibaut Courtois will surely continue as would the likes of Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos and Ferland Mendy. The left back will get the nod over Marcelo more often as he develops but otherwise, it looks like a customary setup if one compares it to the large parts of 2019/20.
Casemiro and Toni Kroos will be more regular than the others in midfield, which will possibly have more rotations than the previous seasons. Luka Modric is obviously a seasoned midfielder and will feature often. Federico Valverde and Martin Odegaard, the two of the most promising young midfielders will knock on Zizou’s door for their chances.
The attack will have a huge number of changes, however. Karim Benzema will definitely be a regular fixture after a tremendous campaign. The Frenchman is one of the few indispensable members of Zidane’s squads and will be accompanied by Eden Hazard on the left wing and Marco Asensio on the right.
Eden Hazard will have a lot of onus to perform in his second campaign after effectively flopping in his first year, thanks to a series of injuries. The Belgian will have to act fast and show his old self to be relieved of slack from the demanding supporters. Asensio, a big game player will have a lot more chances now that he is fully fit, rightly so for his finishing.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo may not feature in the biggest matches of the season. The former’s poor finishing and the latter’s lack of experience are likely reasons why they’ll not have a fixed place, while Luka Jovic would hope for more chances after scoring just twice in his first season and barely ever featuring.
Zidane will certainly trust the rest of his inflated squad, barring two players. James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale are among the two players who have an absolutely blacked out future at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Colombia international is closing in on a switch to Everton whereas the Welshman is happy to warm the bench despite being asked to go.