Perhaps, Nacho Fernández is one of the footballers of Real Madrid squad less known outside Spain. However, the great season of the defender and Zidane’s confidence on him are helping to improve his performances and now he’s one of the key pieces of the team. Will he start against Atlético Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals?
Nacho Fernández was the only player to be in the line-up in all nine games during the month of April. These were crucial weeks for Los Blancos, because they faced Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals, Atlético Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga. In all the games Nacho Fernández was available and he played really well.
In the last summer transfer window, Nacho Fernández had a lot of offers to leave Real Madrid. However, Zidane convinced him to stay because he was going to have many opportunities. It didn’t look like this at the beginning of the season, where he spent most of the time on the bench.
The situation changed because Marcelo got injured, so Nacho had to play as a left back, and he did it with great success. Then, Raphael Varane and Pepe went also to the nursery room, so Nacho was Sergio Ramos pair in the defence line. And he played great in all these clashes. He has even found the net in the game against Alavés in La Liga and he scored a great goal against Cultural Leonesa in Copa del Rey.
Therefore, Nacho has enjoyed a lot of minutes this season and he’s been also called by the Spanish national team. In La Liga he’s played 26 games and 2121 minutes, whereas in the Champions League he played only three games, both games against Bayern Munich and Legia Warsaw in Poland.
Now that Raphael Varane is recovered and he could enjoy some minutes at Riazor against Deportivo La Coruña, Zidane has to decide between the French defender or Nacho. In La Liga game, Nacho and Sergio Ramos played together, but we all know how important is Varane for Zinedine Zidane. Who should play as a full back, Varane or Nacho?