Real Madrid has played the first part of the season without his both Portuguese. Since they won the European Cup in France this summer, Pepe and Cristiano did´nt played any minute and Zinedine Zidane had to find who were going to be the perfect replaces for these two important players.
Pepe did´nt play since the injury he had at the European Cup. This injury prevented from playing the final against France. When the tournament finished Pepe was named in the best starting 11. The Portguese defender was the leader of the deffense and we hope he recovers the best way possible.
Rafael Varane has been the defense that recovered Pepe. The young French defender has played very good matches in the beginning of the season. With him in the field Los Blancos have only conceded one goal in two games. It´s true Varane is not at the level of the seasons he played with Mourinho but he is very young and he can improve with the time.
Cristiano could return to the line up this week end against Osasuna in the Santiago Bernabéu. He played a great European Cup but Dimitri Payet injured him in his knee in the final. So far we have only seen Cristiano lifting trophies; the Euopean Cup, the best European player, and being in the best line up of the tournament.
With the injury of Cristinano, Zidane believed in Asensio. The young Spaniard midfielder started the year the best way possible. On the bench he had more established players such as James or Isco but the French manager gave the oppportunity to Asensio.
Real Madrid started the season with a lot of injuries but we can be calm because we have a very complete team as we have seen this last matches. Now we just have to wait the return of Pepe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Keylor Navas.