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Real Madrid face attacking crisis

A draw with Levante saw two more points dropped in LaLiga but of more importance for Real Madrid is that they now face an attacking crisis.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s continued suspension is an obvious issue but one Los Blancos could plan for, Karim Benzema’s injury on Saturday makes such planning all the more difficult.

Just as was the case against Valencia before the international break, the ball simply wouldn’t go in for Los Blancos.

In Benzema and Ronaldo’s respective absences, Gareth Bale will be entrusted with the task of leading the line for the club in the coming matches.

His support players will be Marco Asensio, Isco and Lucas Vazquez with there being absolutely no room for rotation by Zidane.

It’s easy to look at things with hindsight but these are roles that would have been taken up by Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez last term.

Creating chances hasn’t been an issue with 18 shots peppered against Levante’s goal and 22 being fired in the direction of Valencia’s before the international break.

The issue has been putting the ball into the net with just three of Los Blancos’ 40 shots this term being converted.

On Wednesday, the Champions League returns and Ronaldo returns with it, albeit he will miss Sunday’s trip to the Estadio Anoeta.

Zidane faces some difficult decisions with regards to his team selection, but it is clear that Real Madrid need to find a way to put their attacking woes behind them, and quickly.

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