Three talking points as Real Madrid were handed their second defeat at the Alfredo Di Stefano by a weakened Shakhtar Donetsk
Real Madrid was stunned by Shakhtar Donetsk at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium as the Ukrainian side scored three goals before half-time. No one would expect such a scoreline given the glorious history Real shares in all their past meetings against Shakhtar Donetsk. The defeat indeed is an embarrassing one for Los Blancos given the fact that the Ukrainian side was missing most of their key squad members had no other option but to field several youngsters instead.
Zinedine Zidane probably undervalued the opponent given the lineup that was chosen by the French manager. One must remember that Real are set to play Barcelona on the weekend, however, a complete revamp of the starting eleven did not seem necessary. Here are the talking points from the fixture
REAL MADRID HAD THEIR TACTICS ALL OVER THE PLACE
Zinedine Zidane’s tactics have been somewhat confusing and questionable in recent times. The starting eleven itself against Shakhtar Donetsk seemed to be questionable as the manager switched wings with Marco Asensio and Rodrygo Goes in the attack. Zidane also decided to hand Luka Jovic his third start of the season as a lone striker in the eleven that did not go to plan at all.
Rodrygo Goes seemed lost on the left-wing as he seems to be more of an attacking threat when coming down the right flank. The same can be said about Asensio as well, the Spanish left-winger had little to no contribution from the right flank and when he switched over to the left there were glimpses of contribution from the Spaniard.
Coming to the substitutions, Zinedine Zidane opted to substitute Luka Modric in place of Toni Kroos. Although the German midfielder had an instant impact on the game, the removal of Modric seemed questionable. The Croatian midfielder had settled well into the game and even managed to score a belter, however, Zidane probably considered giving the 35-year-old a rest for the upcoming clash on Saturday.
Nonetheless, the French manager was quick to admit that the fault was his during the press conference and believes that he can get this fixed before the El Clasico on Saturday