After a great deal of analysis on their current situation, Real Madrid’s coaching staff are set to play Cristiano Ronaldo in a more central role throughout the course of the season.
Given that Los Blancos failed to bring in a new striker, it has left them with just Karim Benzema, Borja Mayoral and Ronaldo as candidates for their No.9.
A switch to 4-4-2 also looks likely for Zinedine Zidane’s side as they aim to consolidate their position as the best team in the world and face up to the massive challenge of winning six titles.
As demonstrated last season and during the summer given their movements in the transfer market, Zidane knows that his current side are more comfortable playing with four midfielders and two forwards as it affords them greater freedom.
It is more suited to Ronaldo’s talents than the current 4-3-3 system, despite the fact that he is still a standout performer and prolific scorer.
Ronaldo feels comfortable in that more central role as it allows him to drift out to the left or right and cause problems, as he did against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
Both Zidane and the former Manchester United star have already spoken about this and their understanding is clear and absolute.
His ideal partner is Karim Benzema, although Ronaldo is aware that he will often be sharing space with Gareth Bale or Marco Asensio and he believes that he has a lot to offer the team in that position.
In the first five games of the season, Los Blancos have taken their successive scoring streak to 70 games, with 12 goals being scored against talented opposition such as Manchester United, Barcelona, Deportivo and Valencia.
However, Ronaldo didn’t start in any of those games and has clocked up just 30 minutes of competitive playing time so far this season.
Although Zidane had considered Kylian Mbappe as a big alternative for the future, he was more than happy to put faith in the men who he already has at his disposal.
He viewed that as the better move than adding a potentially combustible element to the dressing room, particularly given what the Frenchman’s salary would be.
Despite Zidane’s personal view on Mbappe, he was convinced that his signing was simply not worth it due to the risks involved, both for the squad and himself.
There is great strength in the middle of the park for Real with men like Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Isco, Dani Ceballos and Marcos Llorente, while also having Lucas Vazquez and Asensio who are capable of filling in in many different positions.