Real Madrid were embarrassed at the weekend in the La Liga as they went down in defeat to Girona, who are playing their maiden season in the Spanish top tier. Zinedine Zidane’s side were made to toil hard but despite that, Girona took their chances to secure a famous victory over the reigning European and Spanish champions.

Zinedine Zidane’s job is not at stake at the moment but a loss in the next match could potentially leave him open to criticism at the club. Next in line is a trip to North London to face the in-form Tottenham Hotspur. They might have lost against Manchester United in the last match but Mauricio Pochettino will be full of hope after seeing Los Blancos struggling heavily against Girona.

Harry Kane is a doubt for this match but even if the English international is unable to play, they do have the quality to make it two losses in a row for the Spanish giants. Zidane’s managerial ability is already a little under fire and any mishap in this match would be potentially troubling.

Predicted 4-3-1-2 Real Madrid Starting Lineup Vs Tottenham Hotspur

Defence

Keylor Navas has been sidelined with an injury so Kiko Casilla will have to cope well against the North London side. The custodian was a bit sloppy against Girona but he cannot afford to give an inch to Spurs’ players.

Zidane could be forced to alter his plans following an injury to Raphael Varane. The severity of his injury is still unknown and the gaffer is unlikely to take any risk at this crucial juncture. So Sergio Ramos will remain their biggest weapon at the back.

Nacho Fernandez was brought on during the break in the last match and will partner Ramos in the heart of the backline.

Marcelo and Achraf Hakimi will be on the left and right side of the defence respectively.

Midfield

Zidane will have to go with his best midfield partnership and should use Caseimro as the deepest of the midfielders.

Luka Modric had a rare off day in the last match and it’s payback time for him against his former club. The Croatian midfielder has become an impeccable part of Zidane’s strategy and he will be there in the midfield to assure they won’t repeat their mistakes.

Toni Kroos will complete the three-man midfield.

Attack

Isco has arguably been the best player for the Spanish giants so far this season and he will once again take his chances from the right wing. Cristiano Ronaldo needs to justify his position in the team. Karim Benzema will be put through the pace up front.

This is how they might line up:

 

Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.