The Real Madrid of Julen Lopetegui is taking shape, as each player knows what their roles will be within the squad and it looks like Lucas Vazquez’s importance has diminished with the arrival of the new coach.
Gareth Bale has confirmed himself as the new leader of the attack, as the Welshman has the difficult mission of netting the amount of goals of his former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
And it also seems like Karim Benzema will stay at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for one more year.
Isco Alarcon already recognizes he is fundamental in the coach’s plans and Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will remain responsible for making the team work.
In addition, Marco Asensio has been the great beneficiary to Ronaldo’s departure, as Lopetegui has chosen him as his substitute on the left wing.
However, there is a piece that still needs to fit into the team: Lucas Vazquez.
The Galician was the player Zinedine Zidane trusted the most when it came to making substitutes.
Vazquez featured in a total of 53 games, playing 2,812 minutes.
But this season with the arrival of a new coach, his importance within the team is no longer the same.
In the first game of LaLiga against Getafe, the striker barely played 13 minutes and in the UEFA Super Cup against Atletico Madrid, he came on as a replacement for Isco in the 83rd minute.
The Madrid man has gone from being Zidane’s first man to look at when it came to making changes to becoming Julen’s third.
Lucas does not seem to have such a clear role with Lopetegui and while the rest of his teammates have had their moments of prominence in the early stages of the Lopetegui era, the participation of Lucas Vazquez has drastically reduced.
During the Zidane era, Lucas grew as a footballer and soon even began to become a starter for Los Blancos.
For example, in Madrid’s decisive Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes, the French coach called on the Spaniard to start the duel.
And he continued to improve, as his performance against Bayern Munich ensured him as a starter even ahead of Bale.
But now with a new coach, Lucas is going through a different situation meanwhile his teammate Marco Asensio has concreted his position in the starting XI.
However, the right winger is willing to work to regain his place within the squad.
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