Saturday afternoon will see Real Madrid host Levante as Los Blancos aim to rectify their failure to pick up three points against Valencia before the international break.
Though star player Cristiano Ronaldo remains absent through suspension for Los Blancos, the return of Sergio Ramos will sit very well with Madrid fans, and the entire home section of the Santiago Bernabeu will expect nothing less than a victory in La Liga’s early kick-off.
Here we take a look at the best possible starting XI that Zinedine Zidane could line his squad up with.
Between the sticks for Los Blancos will most likely be Keylor Navas – the preferred choice in goal for Madrid ever since his arrival in 2014.
The big news for Madrid is the return of the previously suspended Sergio Ramos after his red card against Deportivo – pushing Casemiro out of the starting XI. With Raphael Varane still injured, Nacho Fernandez is the most likely candidate to partner the Madrid captain in the heart of the defence.
Ever present full-backs Dani Carvajal and Marcelo are the obvious choices down the flanks.
The omission of Casemiro from this midfield trio could potentially be a questionable one – after all, every team needs that defensive minded holding midfielder, and the Brazilian fits the bill perfectly.
However, Zidane is an attack minded coach, and in front of his home fans, the Frenchman will be looking to impress. With Kroos and Modric making up one of the world’s best midfield duos, Isco will be given the freedom to roam and continue to show just how impressive he is against a Levante side that isn’t expected to put up much of a fight.
However strange it might sound, fans could be forgiven if they’ve forgotten about Cristiano Ronaldo. In the Portuguese legend’s absence, the rising star of Marco Asensio has stepped in and shone as bright as one could expect – scoring both of Madrid’s goals in their draw with Valencia.
Alongside the young Spaniard will stand Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale – with the Frenchman looking to net his first goal of the season.