As they ended the season on a high, the change from the pace-and-power 4-3-3 that had been in place to the more midfield centric 4-3-1-2 was wildly accepted as the reason for this success.
'Bale, Keylor Navas and Kovacic will train with the team on Thursday'.
Bernabeu captain Sergio Ramos said the forward would be welcome at the Bernabeu if he wanted to leave Paris Saint Germain, the club he joined on a world record fee from Barcelona last summer.
According to Diario Gol (via Jacob Murtagh in the Mirror), the French manager has told club president Florentino Perez that he is planning a "massive clear-out" after a poor start to the season, which could start with the loan departures of Lucas Vazquez and Dani Ceballos in January.
The Galacticos ace shared an image of himself posing for the camera with his nose looking almost completely normal.
Real's arrival in Cyprus follows a dire 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Saturday. Though, the starting of the season was not as expected.
Only Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Raul and Ruud van Nistelrooy have scored more than his 51 goals in the competition proper.
Zidane has made it clear he doesn't believe the young players added to the squad are good enough - and has submitted a list he is willing to see sold over the next two transfer windows.
The lack of any natural width in the formation has meant that the fullbacks are being doubled up on by the wingers and fullbacks on the opposing team. Like last season, it is the tough time now.
"It will come. You have to be positive and we are positive".