Wysłany: 2017-12-21, 08:09 SBOBET Lucas Vazquez shows why Real Madrid can still catch B
There's a now well-rehearsed reaction to the customary introduction of Lucas Vazquez as a second half substitute for Real Madrid. It's one of quiet bemusement. Quiet because Zinedine Zidane SBOBET has earned the respect of the supporters he has led to great success over the past two seasons, but his affection for the 26-year-old puzzles many.It's not that Vazquez is a bad player, it's that there are more naturally talented players who are overlooked in the winger's favour. Take Marco Asensio, for instance. Considered one of the brightest young players in the European game right now, he has struggled for game time recently while Vazquez continues to be used as an integral part of Real Madrid's first team.The confusion over Vazquez's place in Zidane's side is backed up by his less than glowing statistics. In 19 appearances for Real Madrid this season, the 26-year-old has scored just twice and assisted once. To put that into context, Borja Mayoral, who has made just one La Liga start and one Champions League start this season, boasts better statistics.But it's important to understand what Vazquez signifies for Real Madrid. He is emblematic of how the Spanish and European champions are diverse as a side. That's something they hold over Barcelona ahead of this week's decisive Clasico. Vazquez demonstrates why, even with such a gulf between the two teams at the top of the LaLiga table, Real Madrid might still catch their Catalan rivals.Vazquez epitomises the options Zidane has at his disposal. He is a completely different player to someone like Asensio or Isco or Gareth Bale. He brings something entirely different, stretching the pitch and creating space for others in the middle. Zidane tends to use Vazquez when Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo are struggling for time and space to operate. That goes some way to explaining why the winger's statistics appear so poor this season. He is a pawn used to get the best out of others.Even in the case of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, Real Madrid are a more fluid team in the centre of the park when Vazquez plays. He makes the pitch bigger, which suits both the Croatian and the German. Against Barcelona, who will look to dominate the midfield area as they so frequently do, this could be key. Barcelona have made great efforts over the past six months or so to diversify their attacking options, with the addition of Paulinho in particular giving them another dimension, a more physical, direct dimension, but by and large the Catalans are a team forged in the mould of their own identity. They don't boast the variety of options in the final third that Real Madrid do. If Plan A continues to work for Ernesto Valverde, Barca will likely go on to win La Liga. Their 11-point cushion over Real Madrid means victory in Saturday's Clasico would likely put an end to the champions' hopes of retaining their championship crown. But if that plan falters at any point, they might struggle to find a Plan B. Real Madrid, on the other hand, SBOBET don't suffer from the same deficiency. That has always been their advantage over Barca, and even at this juncture, with the gap between the two sides so wide, it remains an advantage.So when Vazquez is deployed as one prong of Real Madrid's front three, it reflects the variety of Zidane's attack. The Frenchman might be tempted to start Bale on Saturday given the Welshman's form at the Club World Cup last week, but there is a stronger case for Vazquez to feature than many give him credit for.