Forgetting what might happen this season, Zidane will remain in charge at Real Madrid and he has a number of decisions to make.
Zinedine Zidane will remain the manager of Real Madrid next season regardless of how the season ends as this publication reported recently. Up until the coronavirus struck, Real Madrid were crowned Spanish Super Cup champions in Saudi Arabia at the start of the year, but they fell to Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey at the Bernabéu and had one foot out of the Champions League after defeat to Manchester City in their first leg last 16 tie.
LaLiga was going down to wire though with his side in the fight. Now though, all of this matters little. What is important, however, is how Zidane re-builds and prepares for next season. There are many uncertainties for Zidane as the head of the operation and several decisions to make. They are as follows:
Haaland or hold up front
That Madrid lack goals is one certainty for Zidane. The historic double-winning season in Madrid saw them score almost three goals per game and during this season they haven’t managed an average of 2. It is within this context that Erling Haaland’s name has emerged, the 19-year-old Norweigan wonderkid. Zidane has to decide if he wants to make a push for the striker or hold with what he had: Jovic, Mariano and company. Marco Asensio’s return could inspire an increase in those goal number along with the return of a fit and functioning Hazard. It’s a risk though.
Haaland doesn’t have a release clause until the winter of 2020-21 when it kicks in and will costs €75 million. Dortmund might have tried to sell him this summer for more than that because given his rise to stardom, that fee might look small in years to come.
Real Madrid have a wealth of options at full-back on either side. Marcelo wants to complete his contract and Ferland Mendy has just arrived. Carvajal is a sure-fire starter but you also have Alvaro Odriozola, Achraf Hakimi and Sergio Reguilón.
The logical thing is that Zidane will let Odriozola leave but aside from that, he will have to decide between Reguilón and Achraf. They are both have marvellous seasons at Sevilla and Dortmund respectively but the crisis will force one of them to be sold. Zidane has to take a gamble. Achraf can play on either side but Madrid will have to sit down and work out a return from Germany.
Madrid looking light at central defender
Ramos, Varane, Militao and Nacho… These are the four central defenders available at present. Of them, there is the chance that Nacho asks to leave in search of more minutes and Militao has offered some unspectacular performances. The academy doesn’t offer too many solutions to this problem either. It’s possible that Zidane asks to bring in someone at the position to cover for his two starters. Vallejo is getting experience elsewhere but after his moves to England, Germany and now Granada, whenever he returns to Madrid with a chance, he is left sidelined with injury.