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Real Madrid have been looking to replicate the success they had enjoyed under Zinedine Zidane with Santiago Solari, but after an encouraging start the Argentine coach has seen his side’s season crumble in a week. Losing to Barcelona in the Copa Marcos Llorente Real Madrid Tactical Player Analysisdel Rey and La Liga has seen Madrid lose any hope of domestic silverware while a 4-1 defeat to Ajax in the Champions League last week saw them knocked out of Europe at the earliest stage since 2010.

This run of results saw the Argentine lose his job with Zinedine Zidane return to the helm in a shock move. The darkness set over Madrid’s most decorated club has cast an unease over the city, but one bright star has provided some illumination: Marcos Llorente.

Certainly, it was Zidane who noticed his ability and promoted him to the reserve squad during his time with Real Madrid Castilla. The Spanish defensive midfielder has been a revelation for a Madrid side that boasts some of the world’s best midfielders in Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro.

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