Real Madrid faced Leganés in a midweek fixture with the pressure certainly on, having dropped to sixth in the table after the postponement of the Clásico. They reacted with arguably their best performance of the season, despite Zinedine Zidane’s protests to the contrary.
Leganés arrived under caretaker boss Luis Cembranos but failed to hold out for long with Rodrygo Goes and Toni Kroos both scoring within the opening 10 minutes. Sergio Ramos followed up from the penalty spot at the second time of asking, then allowing Karim Benzema to convert from 12 yards in the second half. Luka Jović notched his first for the club to round off an impressive 5-0 rout.
This tactical analysis will provide analysis of the tactics of both Real Madrid and Leganés, looking at what Zidane and Cembranos can take from this La Liga fixture.
Zidane gave a first Bernabéu start to Rodrygo in attack in an otherwise full strength side. The only other surprise was the inclusion of Federico Valverde, despite expectations that he would be rested to provide minutes for Luka Modrić.
Leganés made widespread changes with Cembranos seemingly more focused upon the weekend fixture against Eibar. Juan Soriano came in between the sticks and Cembranos lined his side up in a 4-2-3-1, though it would also resemble a 5-3-2 at times, with the likes of Dimitrios Siovas and Roque Mesa rested.
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