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Zidane's gamble which could backfire

Patrick Power by Patrick Power @rfutbol - 0 8,603

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A problem up front. EFE

Zidane's gamble which could backfire

Patrick Power by Patrick Power @rfutbol - 0 8,603

In the summer, Zinedine Zidane told Real Madrid directors he was not interested in signing another striker. A decision that could return to haunt him.

In July, Zidane stated he wanted another forward because 'without Morata we are worse'. Days before the transfer window closed, the Real boss changed his mind: 'I do not want another striker, we do not need reinforcements'.

The only two 'No 9s' in Zidane's team are currently Karim Benzema and Borja Mayoral. The former got off to a mediocre start before getting injured against Levante. In the previous clash against Valencia, he was criticised for squandering several clear chances.

On the other hand, following his poor displays in Germany, Mayoral will find it hard to break into the starting lineup. Zidane, who has never questioned his players' youth or lack of experience (e.g. Asensio), is reluctant to place his trust in the Spaniard.

Cristiano Ronaldo's absence doesn't help the debate surrounding the apparent lack of goalscorers. After his dismissal at the Camp Nou, Real Madrid have displayed a dependence of their Portuguese star. 

Gareth Bale led the line against Levante, finishing most passes that went his way, but he came inches away from scoring. Lucas Vazquez is the other striker available, even though he is by nature a winger.

While Real have dropped four points and Zidane is eagerly awaiting Ronaldo's return, Morata and Mariano continue to rack up the goals for Chelsea and Lyon, respectively.

One of the few reprovals in the Spanish capital this summer. The departures of Morata and James Rodriguez were not seen well by certain sections of the Bernabeu. Two players who, without making the starting lineup, scored a total of 31 goals between the two last season.

The decision to leave rested with Morata and James themselves, as they longed for a more important role away from Madrid. Zidane, however, decided not to strengthen his attack. A risky venture.

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