In the aftermath of Real Madrid’s midweek win over Paris Saint-Germain, Zinedine Zidane made a point of thanking each player for his contribution to the 3-1 victory with his whole squad needed between now and the second leg.
From the stars of Wednesday’s show such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo to the substitute Lucas Vazquez, everyone received a personal tribute from the coach.
And that theme is set to become an important one with four games in ten days now on the immediate horizon, forcing Zidane into a rotation policy.
With Real Betis their opponents on Sunday, Los Blancos welcome back Dani Carvajal from his European suspension and thus Nacho Fernandez is likely to move into the middle and give rest to Raphael Varane, who has played seven of the last eight games.
In midfield, Isco can look to provide back-up to Toni Kroos however the German’s injury will also be seen as a window into the side by Marco Asensio, Marcos Llorente, Dani Ceballos and Mateo Kovacic.
Naturally, Zidane is also expected to rotate Ronaldo and Benzema before the March 6 reunion with PSG, which should see Vazquez gain more game time after his strong showing off the bench in midweek.