While full-backs Carvajal and Marcelo were another arm in Real Madrid's artillery going forward last season, their inability to replicate the form that saw them provide 26 assists, is proving to be a problem for Zinedine Zidane.
Real are not the same threat down the wings so far this campaign with the Spaniard having delivered two assists and the Brazilian three.
It is proving to be a headache for Zidane with the team coming to expect their runs forward and injuries have also played their part with Carvajal out for two months and Marcelo missing for one.
Improvement in form
Now following the winter break, the club are hoping that they can recover their best form which makes them extremely difficult to play against. Last season Carvajal and Marcelo were fundamental in the success of the side with the former prividing 12 assists and getting one goal while at left back Marcelo gave 14 assists and got three goals.
Together they were decisive and their assists helped the side to come from behind against Villarreal last season when they were down 2-0 at the Madrigal. In the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich, Carvajal provided a delightful pass for Cristiano Ronaldo to get the equaliser in the first leg and then in the return match, it was the turn of Marcelo to set up Ronaldo with a fine piece of skill.
Both left their best performances for the final in Cardiff with Carvajal setting up Ronaldo and Marcelo providing the assist for Asensio.