Madrid, Julen Lopetegui is biding his time with
new signings Mariano, Alvaro Odriozola and Vinicius Junior as the trio
are yet to play a single minute for Real Madrid so far this season.
Out of the new players, only Thibaut Courtois has been given an
opportunity in recent weeks, after spending a long time settling in,
replacing Keylor Navas in goal.
The only change in Real Madrid’s starting XI against Athletic Club on
Saturday night was Dani Ceballos who was then replaced by Casemiro
at half-time with Isco also coming on for Luka Modric and finally Lucas
Vazquez for Gareth Bale.
The latter substitution was particularly curious as it could have been
the time for Mariano to shine with Madrid needing a goal to complete
the comeback but, despite warming up, the forward remained on the
bench, the MARCA said.
The same was true for Odriozola who also had to watch the entire
game from the sidelines, while Vinicius did not even make the match
day squad once again.
On Sunday the Brazilian youngster will play for Castilla as per the
wishes of Lopetegui, who is yet to give him his chance.
The only other incoming, Andriy Lunin, headed out on loan this
The MARCA added that with Real Madrid’s new signings, apart from
Courtois, not contributing much at the moment, Lopetegui is favouring
the old guard until he decides the need for a plan B.
Source: Oman News Agency