Real Madrid – La Liga He has started more times at right-back
It has been a difficult season for Dani Carvajal. The right-back has been hit hard by injuries and now, after the trip to Real Valladolid, Lucas Vazquez has started more times in this position this season than the usual first choice has.
The Galician started his 12th this season on Saturday, compared to Carvajal‘s 11 starts.
Lucas‘ priceless service is lasting longer than even Zinedine Zidane had expected, and he’s happy to trust him anywhere on the pitch. The coach has more trust in Lucas than he does in Alvaro Odriozola, who has started four times this season.
Carvajal and Odriozola‘s continuous injuries have left Zidane with only Lucas to choose from, which has seen him overtake Odriozola in the pecking order there.
Lucas has presented Zidane with a solution, and a good one at that. He hasn’t just filled in, but in a number of games this season he has performed to a very high level.
But the position has had problems. Zidane has had to play Ferland Mendy, Nacho Fernandez and even Marvin Park there on occasion.
For now, with Dani Carvajal still out, Lucas will keep taking advantage of the opportunities he gets.
With his renewal in the air – having rejected the club’s first offer – Lucas has become a key player for Zidane and has proven his worth in several positions.
At Real Madrid, the full-backs have an important role going forward as well, and Lucas is fulfilling his duties excellently, grabbing two goals and providing five assists.
Nobody expected Lucas to have an important role at the beginning of the season, but he has made himself one of the club’s key players.