- Los Blancos overcame Reds 3-1 at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium.
- Zidane reverted to his favoured 4-3-3 for the game.
- So we mulled over what he might do for the upcoming Barca clash.
Real Madrid's 3-1 triumph over Liverpool saw Los Blancos line up in a 4-3-3 shape. Both Vinicius and Asensio were given the nod on the wings: Zizou didn't have to choose which in-form attacker deserved a start more.
Both players rewarded the trust put into them by scoring all 3 goals. While some might say Asensio got lucky to be in the XI because of Madrid's injury crisis at centre-back means Los Blancos can no longer afford to play 3 at the back, maybe Zidane's thinking was the other way around.
The Frenchman could have gone for the in-form player while returning to the shape and formation all players are most comfortable with. If this was a dress rehearsal for the upcoming El Clasico, Zizou's side passed it with flying colours.
As such we can see only 3 players pushing for a place in the XI ahead of those who started vs Klopp's men: Carvajal, Hazard and Rodrygo. The latter looks the most likely: Carvajal is unlikely to get thrown back into the XI after just one game in 3 months, while Vinicius simply doesn't deserve the drop after his masterclass.
However, given Asensio's recent goalscoring streak, we are pretty sure he'll get the nod again. Sorry, Rodrygo.
Predicted lineup: Courtois, Vazquez, Nacho, Militao, Mendy, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius
Who do you think Zizou should put into the XI vs Barca? Let us know in the comments below!