LaLiga Major changes
The international breaks see the majority of LaLiga Santander sides lose a significant portion of their squads for the better part of two weeks.
When it comes to the division’s ‘big three’ in Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, the number of players remaining at home are minimal.
With that in mind, we take a look at how the aforementioned trio would line up if they didn’t have their international players among their ranks.
With goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois and Alphonse Areola unavailable, young Diego Altube would step in, while Alvaro Odriozola would be the experienced head in a defence of youngsters.
There is no shortage of renowned quality from the midfield onwards, however, although James and Isco might have to put in more defensive shifts than what they are used to.
Diego Simeone would have to make numerous changes, but wouldn’t have to depend too much on his academy players.
Adan would replace Jan Oblak, while Santiago Arias, Mario Hermoso and Felipe Monteiro would come in at the back.
Ivan Saponjic and Vitolo would get chances on the wings, while Thomas, Koke and Marcos Llorente would form a sturdy midfield.
Ernesto Valverde could call on the reliable Neto to replace Marc-Andre ter Stegen, yet the core of the team would look significantly weaker with youngsters Jean-Clair Todibo and Chumi in central defence. Carles Alena, Alex Collado and Riqui Puig would be in charge of the midfield, with even more responsibility on Leo Messi to carry the makeshift side.