Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid vs Huesca: Zinedine Zidane's Best Available Los Blancos Lineup

Real Madrid host Huesca at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday as La Liga resumes following the international break.


Los Blancos fell out of contention for all three competitions over the course of the last month, getting knocked out of the Copa del Rey and Champions League by Barcelona and Ajax, respectively. Their woeful form has also seen them slip to 12 points behind the Catalans in the league.


After that nightmarish period, Santiago Solari was relieved of his duties and swiftly replaced by Zinedine Zidane. This is the Frenchman's third game back in charge, with Real's opponents Huesca currently occupying bottom spot in the table.


Here's the team he could select to face the strugglers.

3. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Keylor Navas (GK) - Zidane axed former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for the last match against Celta Vigo, reverting back to his old number one Navas. The Costa Rican performed admirably during Zidane's first spell in the dugout, nailing down a starting spot in one of history's greatest teams.


Álvaro Odriozola (RB) - The young full-back has covered well for the injured Dani Carvajal, providing plenty of width and pace for Real's attacks. He provided the assist as Los Blancos secured a 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture.


Raphael Varane (CB) - Since arriving in Madrid eight years ago, Varane has developed into one of the world's greatest defenders. He was vital in helping France lift the FIFA World Cup last summer, shoring up their defence with his organisational skills and uncompromising tackling.


Sergio Ramos (CB) - The captain missed his team's infamous Champions League last-16 exit after deliberately picking up a booking in the first leg of the tie. Madrid desperately missed his experience and leadership that night, characteristics that could have prevented their sensational collapse.


Marcelo (LB) - Now in his 13th season at the Bernabeu, the Brazilian has become a fan favourite for his willingness to get forward and remarkable accuracy in front of goal. He will relish the chance to test an out-of-sorts Huesca defence.

2. Midfielders

Casemiro (CDM) - The 27-year-old is like a bull in the middle of the park, disrupting opposition play and delivering crunching tackles. However, he also has a decent array of passing that is somewhat underrated.


Luka Modric (RCM) - The 2018 Ballon d'Or winner has looked a shadow of his former self since receiving that accolade, failing to recreate his scintillating form of yesteryear. He did grab a goal in the 4-1 at Real Valladolid in the side's last away fixture, though.


Toni Kroos (LCM) - Kroos has such exquisite technical ability, being just as likely to curl a rasping shot into the top corner as he is to find a far-off teammate with an inch-perfect ball. What's more, he can do it with either foot.

1. Forwards

Gareth Bale (RW) - Rumours have surfaced of a return to the Premier League this summer, but for now Bale continues to terrify defences in Spain. The former Tottenham winger hit the winner when Real and Huesca met in December, guiding a sumptuous back-post volley into the far corner.


Marco Asensio (LW) - The Spain international has failed to fill the cavernous hole left by Cristiano Ronaldo's departure to Juventus, notching just one La Liga goal this campaign. Still, who could replace such a phenomenal player?


Karim Benzema (ST) - Though much-maligned by Real supporters, Benzema has been a consistent performer during his time in the Spanish capital. He has hit at least 20 goals in seven of his ten seasons for the European champions and grabbed a brace in Zidane's first match since returning.