One of Zinedine Zidane’s most infamous lines as coach of Real Madrid was that his BBC frontline was ‘non-negotiable’, however he is finding now that Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez are having something to say about that.
With Gareth Bale struggling for fitness in recent months, Zidane had switched to a 4-4-2 system to incorporate Isco but given how that was a feature of their tough start to the season, the old 4-3-3 setup is once again the order of the day.
While Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo would be the typical fit for that formation, Real have left one of their keynote attacking stars on the bench in each of the last three games.
Against Real Sociedad and Paris Saint-Germain it was Bale who was sacrificed, despite a strong start to 2018, and even in his start against Real Betis, the Welshman was replaced after a quiet 73 minutes.
In Sunday’s trip south, Benzema drew the short straw and stepped aside for Asensio to come into the team and bag a vital brace, albeit followed by the French forward’s own strike in injury time.