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Champions League: Advantage, Manchester City

Feb 29, 2020 Advantage, Manchester City as they go back to Etihad with two away goals. Starting XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos (C), Mendy, Casemiro, Valverde, Modric, Isco, Vinicius, and Benzema. There was a lot of speculation on what Zidane's line-up be for the big Champions League game. He did manage to give us a few surprises as Kroos was on the bench as Modric, and Valverde started in the midfield. Isco played in the right while Vinicius made an appearance instead of Bale. The team was sorted in a 4-3-3 formation and morphed into a 4-3-1-2 as the game went on. First Half 1-15 minutes Manchester City was pressing high but settled in a mid-low block when Real Madrid bypassed their p

Real Madrid weathers early onslaught to beat Osasuna 4-1

Feb 14, 2020 Osasuna vs Real Madrid (La Liga) Starting XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Ramos(C), Varane, Mendy, Casemiro, Modric, Valverde, Bale, Isco, and Benzema Zidane restored Carvajal, Varane, Mendy, and Casemiro back into the starting lineup after giving them rest on Thursday against Real Sociedad. Courtois, Modric, and Isco were also in the starting lineup. The biggest surprise was the inclusion of Gareth Bale in the first eleven after nearly a month in the sidelines in a 4-3-3 formation. First Half 1-15 minutes Osasuna came out of the blocks flying. They pressed high and recovered the ball in dangerous areas. It took only four minutes for Ruben Garcia to beat the offside trap and make a run

Real Madrid victorious in El Derbi

Feb 4, 2020 Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (La Liga) Starting XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos(C), Mendy, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Valverde, Isco, Benzema. Zidane decided to start the game with his five central midfielders in a similar formation of 4-3-2-1 that he used in Supercopa. Isco and Modric joined Kroos, Casemiro, and Valverde in the midfield as Benzema started up top. First Half 1-15 minutes Real Madrid got an early chance following a training ground set-piece sequence. Kroos takes a short corner to Carvajal, who slips the ball back to Kroos. The German picks out Sergio Ramos with a drag back on top of the box, setting it up for a decent shooting opportunity. However, the capta

Real Madrid edge past Vallodolid.

Jan 31. Real Vallodolid vs Real Madrid (La Liga) Starting XI: Courtois, Nacho, Sergio Ramos(C), Varane, Mendy, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Rodrygo, Isco, Benzema Zidane rolled out a traditional 4-3-3 formation with Benzema coming back from injury. Isco and Rodrygo played in wide positions. Kroos, Modric, and Casemiro started in the midfield. First Half 1-15 minutes Vallodolid didn't allow any room for Real Madrid to control the game early. The home team was well organized and set up in a compact 4-4-2. They were quick to close down players. Real Madrid found it hard to pass through the middle and gain any dominance. However, Joaquin should consider himself lucky to be in the field after 10 minu

 
 

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