Asensio as false nine at Real Madrid an option for Lopetegui
With Cristiano Ronaldo gone and no reinforcements signed, Julen Lopetegui could use Marco Asensio through the middle at Real Madrid.
Marco Asensio playing as a false nine could become a regular feature for Real Madrid under Julen Lopetegui.
Spain international Asensio came on at half-time in Madrid's International Champions Cup meeting with Juventus at FedEx Field and spearheaded the attack, scoring twice in a 3-1 victory.
With Los Blancos having sold their all-time leading goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo to Juve and failed to add another central striker, despite links to the likes of Neymar and Robert Lewandowski, Lopetegui would be willing to use the 22-year-old in a new position this season.
"It's an option. Pre-season is a time when we can test different things and what we need to do is look for resources or different ideas within the team," said Lopetegui.
"It was good to see him play at that position and he played extremely well. It's not important where he plays but how he plays."
@marcoasensio10: “Hi Madridistas! I’m very happy with my two goals and the team’s first victory of the pre-season. We’ll keep working hard to be in good shape for the European Super Cup.” #RMTour pic.twitter.com/tZH6oi8gHY— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) August 5, 2018
Left-back Reguillon came off the bench against Manchester United last time out but played the full 90 minutes versus Juve.
Asked whether the 21-year-old Castilla defender could become a regular first-team player, Lopetegui said: "He's a young player with extremely strong abilities.
"He has a lot of heart, effort and determination and I think he's working phenomenally with the club and ultimately it's a decision I'll have to take in the future."
55 - Thibaut Courtois kept 55 clean sheets in his three La Liga seasons (111 apps), at least 18 more than any other goalkeeper in that time. Giant. pic.twitter.com/vSZP9qHK0Z— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 4, 2018
A new goalkeeper is thought to be high on the list of Madrid's priorities ahead of the new LaLiga campaign, with Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois said to be their top target.
However, Lopetegui was unwilling to comment on potentially increasing the competition for the number one position.
"The day that a goalkeeper will potentially arrive I'll make a comment, but right now I want to talk about the great match that Keylor [Navas] had and also [Andriy] Lunin made his debut," he said.
"We obviously also have Kiko [Casilla] and Luca [Zidane], so I prefer to talk about the goalkeepers we have. If the day comes that there's another one, I'll answer you then."
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