Real Madrid’s season will be clearly defined by one game and it will come the final of UFA Champions League on May 26 in Kiev.Come May 27, 2018, the squad will either be celebrating at Cibeles or in the dock ready to face interrogation, so Zidane’s team selection will be crucial for the Champions League final against Liverpool.
Although until recently the coach was ready to trust the same line-up that beat Juventus in Cardiff of the last season, he may now have doubts. After 6-0 thrashing of Celta Vigo with Gareth Bale scored brace, Zidane said: “It’s going to be a headache to choose the starting XI for the final”
Garth Bale showed that he has the legs and the attitude and he built up momentum heading to Kiev. But of course, if Bale starts, who does he replace in attack?. Acouting to Spanish Newspaper Marca, Right now, each player, each idea and each system which comes into Zidane’s head has two sides, but he must choose a side which can beat Liverpool, who have the most prolific attack in the Champions League this season.
Bale’s selection would be a statement of intent, but it may not be the right one to control the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Robert Firmino.
That’s why Zidane may instead consider Isco and Karim Benzema, both of whom are better at keeping possession.
If Zidane has proven anything this season, though, it is that he will pick those who deserve to be there and that will give Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio a shout, having performed well at every opportunity, including in some big games.
They give Zidane even more doubts and even more options of how to compete the puzzle.With one game and 10 training sessions left, there will be a chance for players to prove their point, but Zidane’s headache won’t fade until he’s on the touchline in Kiev.