Angel Di Maria is injured once again, he missed the last two training sessions and does not look as if he will feature against Santos Laguna.
If Di Maria is going to have another injury prone season, will we be able to cope? The best options to replace Di Maria currently are Callejon, the striker trident or Kaka, which pushes Ozil to the where he has to come deeper to get the ball. With Callejon we do not have anywhere near the same creativity as we do with Di Maria. Callejon is always a welcome addition off the bench and he is most dangerous when games have opened up tactically making callejon most dangerous off the. Kaka coming into the starting lineup for Di Maria pushes Ozil into a wide position. There is also another option of playing Ozil wide and Benzema as the No.10 with Higuain as the striker. The Kaka-Ozil combination worked fairly well last year, especially against smaller teams. We may be able to keep more possession of the ball with the Kaka-Ozil combination. The last option is the trident of strikers with Ronaldo, HIguain and Benzema this option is very attacking and gifts us the possibility of scoring three goals in twenty minutes but it also is not the most fluid line up especially if Khedira is playing. The trident option also does not leave us with any impact subs on the bench and will most likely mean Higuain or Benzema will play ninety minutes, which is not ideal.
If Di Maria is not available, which option is best?
Kaka-Ozil combo (12 votes)
The Trident (Ronaldo, Higuain, Benzema) (6 votes)
callejon directly for di maria (6 votes)
Benzema as the 10 and Ozil playing wide (3 votes)
27 total votes