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Real Madrid had an unbelievably strong bench against Barcelona in El Clasico

Zinedine Zidane had the luxury of leaving Gareth Bale, Isco and Marco Asensio on the bench in El Clasico against Barcelona

Real Madrid’s bench against Barcelona was, quite frankly, sickening.

Zinedine Zidane’s side weren’t actually bookies favourites heading into the game, with a gap of 11 points separating the two teams.

But that didn’t stop Zizou from benching a ludicrously strong 7-a-side team.

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One man, five balls

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One man, five balls

The surprise inclusion of Mateo Kovacic in midfield meant both Isco and Marcos Asensio were benched.

A four-man midfield also squeezed Gareth Bale out of contention for the first XI, although he’s still returning to full fitness.

Adding to those three was the trio of Kiko Casilla, Lucas Vazquez and Nacho- all full Spanish internationals.

France Under-20 defender Theo Hernandez, who Spain are trying to persuade to switch international allegiance, rounded off the seven.

That’s what happens when you’ve got a squad full of world-class players.

But could Madrid’s selection be good news for Man United?

Both Asensio and Bale have been linked with summer moves to Old Trafford as they continue to find themselves on the sidelines.

How many times have you rejected Man United?

How many times have you rejected Man United?

Asensio has started nine games in La Liga this season, coming off the bench a further four times.

He’s also only started one Champions League game with the other four appearances coming via the substitutes’ bench.

Would he get in over Jesse Lingard though? (most definitely)