Mariano could be in line for another starting shirt when Real Madrid tackle Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League crucial tie at the Giuseppe Meazza.
The Spaniard even though he is not the most preferred option upfront by the head coach of Los Merengues, was able to add his name on the score sheet as Real Madrid were forced to a draw at Villarreal.
Hazard, Odegaard and Lucas were deployed as wingers while Mariano played upfront as the lone man in the absence of Karim Benzema, who was sidelined due to a muscle injury.
Hazard, Asensio, Lucas Vazquez., Vinicius Junior, Mariano, Rodrygo, Hugo Duro are the forwards announced for the fixture against Inter Milan.
If there’s anything to take from last week’s draw with Villarreal, Mariano could be starting as the lone man, except Zidane prefers to play a different formation.
Mariano’s stats of the past six Real Madrid matches dating from the game against Huesca on October 31, 2020
He was left on the bench during the crucial hammering of Huesca at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium and the game against Inter Milan.
He was brought on as a substitute after Karim Benzema was injured in the game against Valencia which Real Madrid eventually lost 4-1.
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But the difference was made known when he started against Valencia. Although he was not perfect, he was able to fill in the void left as a result of Luka Jovic and Karim Benzema absence.