Injuries have destroyed the Real Madrid team this season, and on the eve of the rematch of the Champions League semi-final with Chelsea, they were followed by a problem due to Marcelo's obligation to monitor the elections.
Zinedine Zidane had to combine the team, he gave a chance to the players from the youth team, and he has used a total of 31 players since the beginning of the season. Depending on who was at his disposal, the Frenchman also changed the formation.
Thus, Madrid played in the first duel with Chelsea with three in the last line, but in London, they could return to the 4-3-3 formation, maybe even 4-4-2, since Zidane will be able to count on Ferland Mendy again ( recovered from muscle strain) and Federico Valverde.
Both have a notable role under the command of the French coach, especially Mendy, who is the sixth most used Real player this season with 3,197 minutes in 37 appearances. Both can be expected to play against Osasuna on Saturday in order to catch the rhythm for May 5 and the rematch with the London Blues, in which Real enters somewhat worse positioned than the rival due to 1: 1 from the first match.
The return of Mendy to the team would mean that Marcelo will be out, and the defensive line will return to four players since the Brazilian played the left-winger in a 3-5-2 formation. Sergio Ramos also recovered, however, Eder Militao plays great and tied for a full eight games, so it is unlikely that he will drop out of the lineup, ie that Zidane will take a risk with a roaring central defender in a game of importance such as the fight for the Champions League final.
It is more certain that Nacho will be on the bench, Varane next to Militao, and Odriozola will be on the right-back instead of the injured Carvajal again. As for the midfield, the trio Kroos - Modric - Casemiro is irreplaceable when everyone is healthy, but they struggled a lot with their colleagues from the London club last Tuesday.
That is why it is possible that Zidane will strengthen his team by putting Valverde in the starting 11 and a 4-4-2 formation. In case he chooses three in the attack, then the young Uruguayan would wait for a chance on the bench, and with Benzema and, probably, Vinicius, the recovered Eden Hazard could play.
Asensio and Rodrygo are also hoping for minutes. Although they do not have the right to stumble against Osasuna, the question is how much Zidane will reveal in that match.