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Real Madrid Slowly Changing Under Lopetegui

There is a lot of debate amongst football fans about footballing styles. The consensus is that fans prefer a direct game over endless touches and passes.

If that is what Real Madrid fans prefer then they will love watching Julen Lopetegui’s side this season as the former Spain boss wants a direct style of play, building an offensive team that hurts opposition in a few punches and that goes straight to the jugular of the rival.

His motto comes down to two major principles: speed and more directness.

That’s the mantra for the Real Madrid coach and he hasn’t hesitated to insist and persist with the same message during training in Miami in the heat and humidity, where it is admittedly difficult to bring the best out in a side.

They are, in spite of the conditions, the first sessions with the majority of the players (the last five will arrive in the coming days) and the coach understands the importance of having everyone on the same page sooner rather than later.

On those principles his game will be built, but Lopetegui knows that he has a strong enough squad to apply other styles depending on the game situation and the opposition.

The versatility of players like Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco and Dani Ceballos provides a wealth of options in midfield that would be the envy of any elite coach.

Deciding who his starters are in the centre of the park is another important debate that will be being carefully considered by the coach.

The trio that has won the last three Champions League titles (Casemiro, Kroos and Modric) will be the important figures again.

But they aren’t the only ones vying closely for a spot, as Lopetegui’s fondness for Isco is well known and he has signalled his intent to give Ceballos opportunities this year.

Be that as it may, there are plenty of options for him to carry out the plan he has in mind.

One of the players that will be of most help with the system is Marco Asensio.

If the Basque tactician wants more speed and directness, then maybe he is the player, along with Gareth Bale, who offers this the most in both directions.

The doubt lies in the position and in the system.

If Los Blancos gamble on a 4-3-3, the attack could be Bale-Benzema-Asensio.

If Lopetegui reinforces the midfield, Asensio would have to compete with Iscoand others for a spot on the left.

No matter what he chooses, Lopetegui wants rock ‘n’ roll and has players to spare for the season ahead.