Zidane hints at resting Gareth Bale

02 October, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Regina Lloyd
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But how could Real Madrid look when they face Espanyol?

"We would love to play all our games here at the Bernabeu", Zidane said when asked if his side were negatively affected by the demanding atmosphere of their stadium. If you play well and start the match well then you'll have a good chance of winning.

"We'll have to see whether he's involved tomorrow", Zidane said. "Now we have a game to change this".

Benzema will miss out on Sunday with a knee injury, while Bale is doubtful after picking up a slight muscle problem in Germany and with left backs Marcelo and Theo Hernandez also absent, along with midfielder, Mateo Kovacic, Nacho Fernandez will continue on the left of the Madrid defense.

"We have to prove ourselves again every day". Gareth Bale is a doubt and may not be risked ahead of the worldwide break where he will surely feature for Wales, with qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on the line.




"I have already been presented here as coach", he said. Espanyol aren't much better off, though - Javi Lopez, Oscar Duarte, and Adrien Lopez are all sidelines, and they lack the quality of depth that Madrid have to deal with those injuries.

Sanchez Flores succeeded Benitez at Real Madrid's reserves and his work there garnered similar plaudits, leading to admiring glances from Getafe and later Valencia, who he guided to two consecutive Champions League qualifications.

As for Espanyol, Pablo Piatti was ruled out of the match due to a muscular problem, which saw Marc Roca come into a team which included both Gerard Moreno and Leo Baptistao in the final third of the field. However, Madrid have yet to win at the Bernabeu this season, and Espanyol have pulled off some impressive draws this season. Week seven of Liga action brought a 2-1 home victory over Compostela that sparked a run of three wins and the brief hope that Real may recover sufficiently to launch a title defence.

It took until the 22nd minute for Real Madrid to have another attempt of real note, and Luka Modric's effort drifted wide of the away side's post as the score remained 0-0 at the mid-point of the first period.

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