'Operation Trident': Benzema looks for two companions

After seven games playing alongside Hazard, the French will once again lead an incognito trident against Alavés. Zidane has already tried up to nine combinations in the lead.


Since the departure of Cristiano, the famous 'BBC' is already history and having a trident of such dimensions also seems to be. Lopetegui, Solari and Zidane failed to make a society as stable as the previous one. Zidane has tried everything: from a Vinicius-Jovic-Lucas to an Isco-Benzema-Hazard, but there is no way to maintain regularity for injuries or technical decisions. Up to nine combinations has made the Gallic strategist

Benzema is again 'alone' in the face of danger, although at his best: he has scored in 10 of the 17 duels he has played (58%). The only player who regularly gave the offensive system with Karim was Hazard. Now, with the Belgian injured, a streak of seven consecutive games is broken coinciding with the '9' in the initial XI. Together with Rodrygo, they have formed the trident most used by Zidane throughout the season. Up to six times they have been on the grass, but Zizou does not finish convincing him as an essential system because he has performed eight other experiments. In terms of results, they have achieved four victories and good feelings in the game against Leganés and Galatasaray.

Isco, Bale, Jovic, Vinicius and Rodrygo are the five candidates who choose to occupy two holes with Benzema in the white front. The range is wide: the continuity of Isco as a starter, more minutes for Jovic, a new opportunity for Vini, the consecration of Rodrygo and even betting on Bale, again.

Without Hazard: Bale, Jovic and Benzema

When Hazard was not available, Zidane has bet more on Bale and Jovic. Of course, with the Belgian and the French in the field the one who has been with them the longest has been Rodrygo with a total of six participations. Bale follows with four.

The other system most used without the Belgian has been: Bale, Vinicius and Benzema. The range is wide: the continuity of Isco as a starter, more minutes for Jovic, a new opportunity for Vini, the consecration of Rodrygo and even betting on Bale, again.

Julen Lopetegui bet the previous campaign for Ceballos, Benzema and Bale. Zidane will try to avoid that debacle, where Manu García was the great hero of a match that was resolved (1-0) in the 95th minute.

The BBC, in the background

The last four Champions of Real Madrid will always be remembered by the 'BBC'. Bale, Benzema and Cristiano formed one of the best societies that are remembered today. They managed to overcome the barrier of 400 goals and also raised a League, a Copa del Rey, four Mundialitos and four Supercopas.

Benzema and Bale are still the survivors, but the irregular situation of Welsh destroys any kind of present. Karim is obliged to build a new Unit run by Zidane.



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