To be fair to Zinedine Zidane, he does not need his Real Madrid side to win today’s El Clasico clash away to Barcelona, as Los Blancos already have a six point league over our rivals in Spain’s La Liga table. The boss does not want them to close the gap, of course, especially after losing the star forward Gareth Bale to a long term injury.
A draw would be a perfectly good result for Madrid and I think we can see that with the starting line up Zidane has picked for today, with Kovacevic alongside Modric in the centre of midfield to add plenty of strength and make it difficult for Barca to play their usual fluent style of football.
Zidane has made four changes to the side that beat Sporting Gijon last weekend and they are Marcelo, Isco, Varane and Carvajal coming in for Pepe, Nacho, Danilo and James Rodriguez and I think we are well set up to be solid and frustrate Barca while also having a lot of pace for a counter attacking threat.
Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo
Kovacic, Modric, Isco
Lucas Vazquez, Ronaldo, Benzema
Subs: Casilla, Pepe, Nacho, Rodriguez, Casemiro, Mariano, Asensio.
Will this be a happy day for Zidane and the fans of Real Madrid?