The Real Madrid starting line-up for their match away at Real Betis will have raised many eyebrows and even provoked a few gasps, but the bravery Santiago Solari showed in leaving out Marcelo and Isco paid off in the end.
The coach opted for a back three for this match and then changed it to a four-man back line with the score at 1-1.
His in-game changes were as important as his initial team selection as he introduced the game winner Dani Ceballos from the bench.
While Karim Benzema’s injury forced his hand slightly, it’s still impressive that the Argentine was brave enough to finish the game with 18-year-old Vinicius, 19-year-old Brahim Diaz and 21-year-old Cristo as his attacking options.
These kinds of nights when youth is given a chance are special and this win will be remembered for a long time, no matter what ultimately happens with Solari.