Written by Simon Harrison Produced by Tifo Studios

There are still creases to be ironed out and balance to be struck, but Lopetegui has clear tactical ideas that his squad appear to have faith in. A more aggressive, reactive press, mixed with a fluid front three will certainly make Real Madrid a far more unpredictable side in LaLiga this season.

Under Zidane, Los Blancos were guilty of becoming one-dimensional and relying on good service into the box from Marcelino and Carvajal out wide, but Lopetegui wants his side to have more freedom on the ball and more varied approach play. Balancing stars might be tough, but the Spaniard can’t be criticised for not being afraid to put his own stamp on a very successful Real Madrid squad.

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