Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane will make full use of his star-studded squad as Los Blancos prepare for a busy September in all competitions.
When the Whites’ glut of international stars return from international duty next week, Saturday’s home clash with Levante (September 9) kicks off a marathon month that will see the La Liga and European champions play seven matches in 22 days.
It all starts with a home game against Levante on September 9 before they kick off their Champions League campaign against APOEL Nicosia at the Bernabeu four days later (September 13).
And according to Marca, boss Zidane will ring the changes – like he did throughout last season – to ensure everyone gets a chance to impress.
That will likely see reserve goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, new signing Theo Hernandez and young midfielder Marco Llorente all come into the starting line-up and the possibility of key stars Marcelo and Isco, among others, enjoying a weekend off.
Last term, Zidane made a total of 13 changes immediately after international breaks in September, October, November and March (Marca) – and is a man very much in favour of the rotation policy.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be available until the home clash against Real Betis on September 21 – as he still has two more matches to sit out following his five-match suspension.
He will however be able to play in Real’s opening Champions League opener against APOEL Nicosia.
Real Madrid are set for a marathon month after the international break ends, with the La Liga and European champions scheduled to play seven matches in 22 days.
It all starts with a home game against Levante on September 9, before kicking off their Champions League campaign against APOEL Nicosia at the Bernabeu four days later (September 13).
The European opener should see the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently serving a five-game domestic ban for pushing a referee against Barcelona last month. As the ban doesn’t apply to European games, the Portuguese star will be available for selection.
He will, however, miss Madrid’s match against Real Sociedad on September 17, before returning for a home game against Real Betis on September 20.
Three days later, Madrid will travel to the Basque country to face Alaves, before rounding off the month with a trip to Dortmund in the Champions League on September 26, followed by a home game against Espanyol on October 1.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has scored some great goals for his club over the years.
Headers, free-kicks, tap-ins, power shots, finesse, penalties; the goals have literally arrived from everywhere.
And while Ronaldo has now transformed to become an absolute legend in the history of Real Madrid and football, it was on this day eight years ago that he scored his first goal for the Whites.
Playing in his third game for the club, Ronaldo scored a penalty in the 48th minute against Liga de Quito in the Peace Cup as his team won 4-2.
But who knew that it was a sign of even greater things to come. He’s scored over 400 goals for Los Blancos since in all competitions.
Relive his first goal for Real Madrid below.
Who would have thought more than 4⃣0⃣0⃣ goals in white would follow… pic.twitter.com/t1oxX3yWTV
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