Zinedine Zidane admits Real Madrid play “with more balance” in a 4-4-2 but is unwilling to break up his BBC attacking trident.
Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo are Madrid’s main front three, but the trio have been accused of not working hard enough off the ball, while some of Los Blancos’ best performances have come when one of them is not playing.
“Madrid are unique and every time something happens here, it’s because we’re Madrid and we know this,” the Coach said at a Press conference for Sunday’s game against Real Betis in La Liga.
“We have to live with it, it won’t change. We know that if we win, it’s because we’re doing well.
“We don’t rely on anything or anyone. Madrid are Madrid. We can harm anyone. The tea, can do things better, but we’re focused on our game.
“We can improve and we will. We’re approaching the end of season and every point from hereon is very important.
“We play better in a 4-4-2? We’ve played many matches well with a 4-3-3. Lately, I can say that with we’ve played well [in a 4-3-3], we had a good game at Eibar.
“With 4-4-2 we have more balance, but I’m not thinking about these things. I know that we can play in many ways and we can do it well.
“With three or two up top, we can change our system. The most important thing is attitude and what we want.
“BBC can’t play in a 4-4-2, but I prefer to play the three of them as three attackers… actually, I was wrong. You can play them in a 4-4-2, but I like them more as a trident.
“I like it because they’re more effective in this position, although I know that Bale can play in a line of four.”
Bale remains suspended for the visit of Betis and is joined on the sidelines by Pepe, who did not train with his Madrid teammates on Saturday.
Madrid squad for Betis: Navas, Casilla, Yanez; Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Danilo; Kroos, James, Casemiro, Kovacic, Modric, Asensio, Isco; Ronaldo, Benzema, Lucas, Morata