In the first game of the new season, one of Zidane’s most surprising moves was to keep Casemiro on the bench. The performance of the double midfielder composed of Cross and Modric also made Zidane. Satisfied. However, Real Madrid still hasn't solved the old problem that Casemiro has no substitute, and this problem has been going on for nearly 5 years.
Since Zidane took charge of Real Madrid in January 2016, Casemiro has hardly been a substitute. In fact, Zidane did not completely trust Casemiro at the beginning. In the first 8 games of the French coach, Casemiro was substituted 7 times. However, in the 175 league games that Zidane commanded, Casemiro was replaced only 11 times.
Once Casemiro is suspended or absent due to injury, Zidane's choice is to withdraw Modric or Cross. In the 2019-20 season, Casemiro has only one game remaining on the bench, and that is to prepare for the national derby. The Brazilian served as a substitute against Valencia. Casemiro played 3091 minutes in La Liga last season, second only to Benzema in minutes.
Therefore, Casemiro did not enter the starting lineup against Real Sociedad, which is obviously a surprising decision by Zidane. Whether this means that Zidane will completely change the formation is still unknown. If he decides to continue to use the 4231 formation, then Casemiro still has the opportunity to compete with Kroos and Modric for the position of the main midfielder. Another option for Zidane is to play four midfielders, so that he can play Erdgau, Casemiro, Kroos and Modric at the same time.
(Zhang Z i路)