Zinedine Zidane has once again gone bold with his squad selection, choosing to field Casemiro in defense alongside Sergio Ramos, Nacho, and Danilo.
⚽✅ #RMCopa— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 25, 2017
XI @rccelta_oficial#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/0Y4RRGsSvf
This creates several possibilities.
One is the unlikely formation (though you never know with Zidane) where Real plays in a back three with Danilo and Asensio as wing-backs (as shown on RM TV), or the more likely option of Real playing in a back four with a midfield four/three and a forward two/three ahead of them.
But with Zizou’s penchant for surprises, we might as well be guessing the one on the right.
@OmVArvind @therealbozz @OndraPaul both are possible pic.twitter.com/ZLSF7bmugs— Martin Hellerud (@MartinHellerud) January 25, 2017
@OmVArvind Me & my followers trying to figure out ZZ's formation rn. pic.twitter.com/sJP1tTkg98— O.Dembélé fanboy (@OmVArvind) January 25, 2017
Meanwhile, Celta has chosen to go for a more predictable lineup, choosing to field Guidetti up top with Iago Aspas in what is likely to be a 4-4-2.
Celta Vigo XI vs Real Madrid. #CELRMA #CopaDelRey pic.twitter.com/oGv0YprwvG— M•A•J (@UItraSuristic) January 25, 2017
Regardless of whatever Zidane chooses to counter that, Real Madrid’s players must be sharp and motivated to overturn a 2-1 deficit in front of a fiery Balaídos.