A trident that leaves doubts

Zidane turns the eleven on Sunday against Eibar at Di Stéfano (19:30, Movistar LaLiga) and at the moment the idea of ​​having Bale wins positions. The Welshman's performance this season does not justify any show of confidence (only three goals in 1,160 minutes), but the coach appreciates other qualities in him to weigh that he forms in the attack trident: his experience (he is almost 31 years old), his demonstrated in the past ease for the goal, his air power … All this, combined with that no other member of the squad pokes his head especially (Asensio would be his main rival, but after more than ten months in the dry dock Zidane will go slowly with el Balear), relaunches Bale's options to form an attacking hat trick with Benzema and Hazard on Sunday. A trident rarely seen and that, for the moment, has left rather disappointing results.

Zidane He has only been able to align the three players together five times this year, mainly due to multiple injuries who have been suffering: Bale had problems in the left soleus in October 2019, in the left biceps femoris in December and a sprained ankle in January; Hazard started the course with a break in his left thigh, and then came the two fissures in his right ankle, stemming from problems with a titanium plate placed in the area in the summer of 2017: fall against PSG in November and relapse at Levante home, three months later; and even Benzema, infrequent nurse, missed the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia due to a bruise on his left leg.

Five games, only two wins

Thus, Zidane has only been able to align the trident in five games, without having justified his presence: two wins, two draws and one defeat, with seven goals in favor and another seven against. With them three in attack, the Whites won in Seville (0-1) and at home against Granada (4-2); they tied out against Atlético (0-0) and at the Bernabéu with Celta (2-2); and they fell with a crash in the Parque de los Príncipes against PSG (3-0). The harvest of the attack was discreet in those five duels: two goals from Benzema, a goal and a penalty caused by Hazard and just one assist from Bale. With everything, Zidane thinks about the attacking combination with the most international reputation of his squad to face the visit of Eibar to Valdebebas and begin the assault on the LaLiga leadership.