As a manager for a top side, you live and die by the big calls you make, and Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane certainly knows this.
After two sensational and almost dream like seasons in charge of the club, this time round isn’t going so well – out of the Copa, miles behind in the Liga and now facing PSG after failing to top their Champions League group and losing out to Spurs.
The manager decided that leaving Gareth Bale on the bench and put Isco in the starting line up, despite indifferent form from the Spaniard this season, and while many people wondered about the call and felt that Bale deserved a place in the line up, one thing was clear – it would be a big call that could well go a long way in deciding the game.
It’s the tie of the round, and many people have been waiting to see Neymar vs Real Madrid and Ronaldo for some time, and the game is vital to Zidane’s men given they’ve nothing else left to win, and elimination would mean their season was essentially over.
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Bale right now… pic.twitter.com/ChcEXU49L2
— AS English (@English_AS) February 14, 2018
Bale dropped for Isco, big call from Zidane.
— Rik Sharma (@riksharma_) February 14, 2018
And it seems Zidane is set to keep Bale on the bench – despite ‘resting’ him at the weekend – and play Isco in a 4-4-2. He’s got some big balls, that Zidane.
— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) February 14, 2018
Bale to come on and do a madness. They won’t be ready.
— Mó (@MadridVoice) February 14, 2018
If Madrid loses :
•Ronaldo is finished
•Benzema & Bale are shit
•Zidane doesn’t know what he’s doing
•Madrid need to buy new players in the summer
If PSG loses:
•400M for Neymar & Mbappe, still can’t win CL
•Money won’t buy you success.
•PSG can only win farmer’s league.
— Red devil (@Reddevi84890819) February 14, 2018
Gareth Bale on the bench for #RealMadrid.
— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) February 14, 2018
As an Isco fan, I preferred Bale in attack https://t.co/wn7aePOC5t
— Isco (@Isco_addict) February 14, 2018
Not the line up I would’ve chosen. Bale has been our best player for some time in attack. But let’s see
— Leah (@LeahVdc2) February 14, 2018
In my opinion Bale deserved to start but let’s not complain yet
— Yassine (@YassineSays) February 14, 2018
On his day, Bale is better than Neymar, yet he’s being started on the bench? What is ZZ up to.
— La Liga Gav (@LaLigaGav) February 14, 2018
Oh, so that’s big.
No Thiago Silva.
— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) February 14, 2018
No Bale no party
— Craig (@craig_mbu) February 14, 2018