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Zidane to keep same Real Madrid XI for Champions League final?

Posted on May 19, 2016 by admin

As Real Madrid still had a chance of nipping ahead of great rivals Barcelona to win this season’s La Liga title and be crowned champions of Spain, Zinedine Zidane would have had no thoughts of rotating his squad and resting players for the Champions League final, which they are favourites to win with every online Sportsbook.

Only a win would do for Real Madrid last weekend, which we got but unfortunately so did Barca meaning that we fell just short. However, with the boss having no injury problems to concern him, it looks like team that started against Deportivo La Coruna in the final league game is what Zidane sees as his best XI, so will that be the same side that starts the Champions League final against city rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday?

I am not so sure, especially after Diego Simeone pushed us so close in the UCL final two years ago. Perhaps there will be some tactical battle going on between the two managers, with Zidane maybe thinking about springing a surprise or two on his opposite number.

Simeone has his team drilled to perfection so it might be a good idea to not start with the line up he is expecting. For me the most likely change would be in central midfield, where Modric, Kroos and Casemiro started last weekend. We know that Atletico will let us have possession while trying to stifle our creative play so would it be a good idea to replace at least one of the central three with some more flair in the shape of Isco or James Rodriguez?

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