The Frenchman named a barely-believable starting XI in the first game since Santiago Solari's dismissal and could keep faith with the likes of Gareth Bale and Isco when bottom club Huesca arrive in the Spanish capital.
Francisco's side are set for a swift return to Segunda Liga, with seven points separating them from safety with 10 matches remaining.
|Game||Real Madrid vs Huesca|
|Date||Sunday, March 31|
|Time||7:45pm GMT / 3:45pm ET|
|Stream (US)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
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Squads & Team News
|Position||Real Madrid players|
|Goalkeepers||Navas, Luca, Courtois|
|Defenders||Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo, Odriozoloa, Reguilon|
|Midfielders||Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Vazquez, Asensio, Ceballos, Isco|
|Forwards||Benzema, Bale, Vinicius Junior|
Real Madrid XI: Zidane; Odriozoloa, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo; Ceballos, Llorente, Isco, Brahim, Benzema, Bale.
|Goalkeepers||Varas, Santamaria, Jovanovic|
|Defenders||Mantovani, Etxeita, Dieguez, Galan, Pulido, Guinea, Luisinho, Insua, Miramon, Akapo|
|Midfielders||Aguilera, Gomez, Ferreiro, Melero, Camacho, Rivera, Junapi, Herrera, Musto, Galan, Amor|
|Forwards||Hernandez, Gallar, Gallego, Avila|
Huesca XI: Santamaría, Pulido, Etxeita, Mantovani, Galán, Musto, Herrera, Rivera, Moi Gomez, Avila, Gallego.
Betting & Match Odds
Now the fanfare has dissipated since Zidane' return to Madrid, we are braced to discover whether he can weave his magic once again.
Out of the cups and barely within sight of champions-elect Barcelona, finishing second behind their El Clasico rivals has to be the aim for the France World Cup winner between now and the end of the season.
He must do that while also attempting to evaluate which players will make-up part of next season's assault on silverware.
Bale, Isco, Marcelo and Keylor Navas all started last time out but huge questions remain over their futures.
Arguably the biggest selection headache surrounds Courtois, who was surprisingly dropped against Celta and had a poor international break as his mistake led to Denis Cheryshev's goal for Russia against Belgium .
Nevertheless, it is clear Zidane has returned the feel-good factor to Real.
"When Zidane is your trainer, you go in with certain preconceptions. As I have said, I have always admired him. It was beautiful watching him play," Alvaro Odriozola told La Galerna .
"As a coach what I love is his closeness with the players. I think right now, when pretty much everything in the world of football has been already invented, that is the most important thing a coach can contribute. With that closeness he managed to keep everybody motivated.
"Zizou always tells the truth. I appreciate that honesty a lot. For the fans his return has renewed hope. His return is practically like winning a title. We are very happy."
But they did cause Real plenty of problems in their 1-0 defeat earlier in the campaign , with Gareth Bale's spectacular winner overshadowing an encouraging display by the hosts.
And if Francisco's side can summon the spirit which inspired them to beat Sevilla earlier this month, there is no reason why they can't become the latest side to trouble the 13-time Champions League winners.