Stopping Mohamed Salah is Real Madrid’s main concern in Kiev on Saturday night in the Champions League final.
Zinedine Zidane has never been a fan of man marking, other than Mateo Kovacic’s marking of Lionel Messi, and he is planning a defensive effort to stop the Egyptian.
With complete freedom in attack, Salah often floats to the right wing, where he will come up against Sergio Ramos and Marcelo, always aware of the gaps one another is leaving behind.
The midfield will have their work cut out both in attack and defence to cover any weaknesses, particularly if Marcelo bombs forward down the left.
The night that Salah made the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu suffer in 2015/16
Salah played all 180 minutes of the last 16 clash between Roma and Real Madrid with the Spanish side winning both ties 2-0.
In Madrid, the forward provided a headache for Los Blancos’ backline and had an almost perfect game, only he forgot his shooting boots and missed a host of chances.
That night, Salah’s speed was too much for Marcelo and Ramos, despite their good reading of the game as they were caught out by long balls to the wide man down the right flank.
It’s suicide to enter into a foot race with Liverpool’s attacker, and that’s why Zidane has come up with a more effective way to handle him.