One of the staples of Zinedine Zidane’s first full season in charge at Real Madrid was his frequent rotation policy with the Frenchman known to be wary of cumulative fatigue, and following the current international break Zidane plans to continue with this policy.
One factor for Los Blancos is that a decent proportion of the first-team squad have not been involved with international matches, enabling them to work closely with the coach in training whilst others have been away.
The 45-year-old is keen to reward the players who have been with him during the break and this means rotation is expected in upcoming matches.
In the 2016/17 season there were four international periods in September, October, November and March and in the matches immediately after those respective dates, he made a total of 13 changes.
This averaged at around three rotations per match with the goalkeepers being swapped at times as well as Danilo, Raphael Varane and Pepe all being given chances.
It is interesting to note that he made the most changes after the September internationals with many players still yet to fully recover from their shortened pre-seasons after Euro 2016.
Zidane is incredibly in tune to what his players need physically, something Cristiano Ronaldo can attest to, and this further increases his popularity amongst the squad.
Levante are Los Blancos’ next opponents and it seems set that there will be changes for that fixture.
Kiko Casilla could return in goal whilst Theo Hernandez and Marco Llorente are in line to be handed an opportunity.