Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich: Lessons learned from Zidane’s loss

Results in pre-season mean little, but the way Real Madrid looked in their 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich was worrying. It’s true that they’ve only been working for a few days, but it’s not like Bayern Munich had been training for much longer.

It worried me that Zinedine Zidane wanted to play with a 4-2-3-1, with three players behind one centre-forward. In this case it was Marco Asensio, Isco and Eden Hazard behind Karim Benzema, who missed much more than he or the coach would have wanted. It’s a concern if Zidane plans to use Benzema on his own in attack when the season starts.

Luka Jovic played in the second half. He was hardly noticed, but there weren’t that many opportunities for him to break free. I suspect he is the kind of player who needs balls put into the area, so he should be more dangerous at home than away from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. I’d have liked to have seen him in the first half, as I doubt he’d have missed as many chances as Benzema. If he had, then that would be a worry of course. In Germany, he scored these types of chances. But there is still a question mark over the Serbian.

The top marks went to Hazard, who emits something different to the others. He is one of those players who goes directly to the opposition area when he is given the ball. He has speed and he can assist. He’ll be the owner of the left flank, which leads to uncertainties over Vinicius. The right flank is open right now, as there are several candidates to play there. At least until Kylian Mbappe arrives, perhaps one year from now…