Real Madrid: 3 possible attacking lineups at Shakhtar Donetsk without Eden Hazard

Real Madrid, Eden Hazard (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Rodrygo Goes
Real Madrid, Rodrygo Goes (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images) /

LW Rodrygo Goes, CF Karim Benzema, RW Marco Asensio

Marco Asensio has struggled recently, and he was one of several anonymous attackers on Matchday 11 at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano against Deportivo Alaves. The No. 11 has zero gaol contributions for Real Madrid in his first season wearing the prestigious shirt, as he’s taken a massive step backward after a highly encouraging summer spell after his ACL tear.

That said, he is the only real option on the right side if Rodrygo Goes starts on the left. Asensio may not be preferred to Lucas Vazquez right now, as Vazquez has played well in each of the past three games, including with his crossing at right back on Matchday 11. Vazquez, though, is needed at right back with Dani Carvajal injured again.

Rodrygo on the left may be Real’s best option to replace Hazard. He has been in great form this season, especially in the Champions League. He always seems to raise his standard in this competition, as he scored against Inter Milan in both matches as a substitute. Rodrygo was on the right at home against Inter and then scored as a left winger in the away fixture.

On Saturday, Rodrygo was the player who entered the match in the 28th minute for Eden Hazard after the Belgian’s injury. Rodrygo has the goal-scoring instincts, consistency, and form to combine with Karim Benzema and help the legendary No. 9 carry the load. He is riding high on confidence right now.