Real Madrid experimented with the 4-3-3 formation for the first time against Barcelona in a 2-1 derby loss on the road earlier this season. Even though that was an unsuccessful try, coach Carlo Ancelotti emphasized the importance of the style by allowing them to keep on experimenting with it.
Well, it has been working wonders in their last few matches.
First, they won a league match by a score of 1-0 at RCD Espanyol, then won 5-0 in the same competition at Real Betis until finally today, where they once again defeated RSC Espanyol on the road by the same score line, but this time in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey.
Karim Benzema was the one who scored, even though Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo both took part in the match. All three players led a powerful front line of attackers which were only able to produce a single goal against a rather tough-as-nails Espanyol outfit. Regardless, taking a 1-0 lead into the second leg back to the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid is a positive note.
The only issue with the 4-3-3 is the fact that a creative midfielder such as Isco is having a hard time finding minutes since he has no defensive specialty whatsoever. The three midfielders that start are defensive-minded for the most part or when they have to be, and this is an issue for the young attacking-midfielder who usually excels in a 4-2-3-1.
Either way, Madrid do not need the creativity from Isco since they have Angel Di Maria, Ronaldo and Bale to lead the way in that category. These guys have been carrying this team on their backs in more ways than one, and this is why the team keeps on winning. The 4-3-3 allows there to be wingers, a striker, three guys in the midfield who run up and down the field and, of course, four defenders who perform their usual duties.
The ability of this Madrid side allowed them to adapt to this formation which can be the very best choice for them since they have the tools needed. If they stick with this, they can win many trophies in the upcoming months and years.