Zinedine Zidane is facing the tough task of having to find a combination to replace Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema in his Real Madrid attack, due to the injuries picked up by the pair.
The losses come as a real blow for the coach, particularly with the No.9 being Los Blancos’ only serious goal threat in LaLiga Santander so far this season.
All signs point towards Luka Jovic as Benzema’s replacement, which will allow them to keep playing with a No.9, and Zidane has shown that he’s not counting on Mariano Diaz this term.
With the Supercopa de Espana fast approaching, we’ve looked at the some of the options Zidane is considering for his frontline.
Jovic – Rodrygo or Jovic – Vinicius
Jovic will likely be Benzema’s substitute and if Zidane sticks with his 4-4-2 then pairing him with one of the Brazilian teenagers makes a lot of sense.
Rodrygo tends to be more reliable in important moments though, which could weigh in his favour.
Jovic – Isco
The Spaniard could also accompany the Serb up top. Isco could operate behind Jovic as the traditional No.9 and act as a link between midfield and attack.
Vinicius – Rodrygo
An entirely Brazilian attack could feature in a 4-4-2, but it’s unlikely that two teenagers will lead the line for Madrid in the Supercopa.
Jovic – Vinicius – Rodrygo
Zidane could also return to a 4-3-3, though he’s not been keen to use that of late. It allows for more attacking players, which could see both Brazilian teens and Jovic feature.
That would likely leave Casemiro, Fede Valverde and Toni Kroos as the midfield three. Another option in the attack would be to use Isco and bench one of the others.