He Real Madrid this Sunday faces a golden opportunity at the RCDE Stadium (22.00 / Movistar The league) after the draw of Barça against Celta, a stumbling block that allows Zidane’s men to maintain the lead with two points of advantage over the eternal rival if he manages to beat a Spanish who comes to the appointment without his coach Abelardo after the surprising dismissal one day from the game.
Whites can fail in at least one of seven games that subtract the championship to proclaim themselves champions. Barça was unable to win in Vigo and has served Madrid – on a silver platter – the opportunity to take the lead on their visit to Espanyol, bottom of the Santander League, and a team condemned to relegation except miracle.
He Real Madrid carries full of victories after confinement and has shown several interesting game phases, some of them in front of the Valencia wave Real society, leaving more doubts in one of the parts against Eibar and in the victory over Mallorca. However, meringue effectiveness has made the league red hot after the break.
Zidane will count again Casemiro for midfield, which he recovers after the sanction, but will lose Modric and Mendy for the same reason. The injured Nacho, Jovic and Lucas Vázquez will not be available either. Thus, the recovered Isco, who already played in the last match at Afredo Di Stéfano, could return to ownership by accompanying Toni Kroos in midfield, substitute against Mallorca in place of Fede Valverde.
The Real Madrid coach will return to give ownership to Hazard instead of Bale and next to him, a Vinicius who begins to meet the goal and a Benzema which is being the best argument of the 13 times champion of Europe to win this National League Championship. The Frenchman has 22 goals this season and is essential in the offensive production not only for his goals.
Real Madrid have won five of the last six visits to Barcelona, some of them with scandalous markers (1-4 or 0-6), but the memory of two years ago (1-0) is a good warning not to fail, confirm the lead and extend their advantage over the Barcelona in a day that could be very productive for the meringues.
Rufete assumes command
For his part, Espanyol can not fail again after his last two defeats (Levante and Betis), which condemn the Catalan group to work a miracle to continue dreaming of salvation. Anything other than winning for the Blue and Whites will lengthen the agony in their quest to avoid the burning of the Second Division.
The novelty will be on the bench more than in the lineup. The dismissal of ‘Pitu’ Abelardo, who seemed to have managed to lift his team, has led to Rufete -sports director- to occupy the interim charge to save the remainder of the season. It will be the third tenant this season after David Gallego, who started the course.
As for the eleven, Rufete would bet on a team very similar to the one Abelardo was lining up. With Embarba, Wu Lei and Raúl de Tomás as their main hopes to cling to salvation. The former Real Madrid striker, somewhat physically touched, is the parakeets’ great weapon in the final meters.
A final for Espanyol, another one for a month, and a great occasion for Real Madrid, to which the break has been a great fit and is heading for the final stretch with more guarantees than in the month of March.
– POSSIBLE ALIGNMENTS.
RCD ESPANYOL: Diego López; Javi López, Bernardo, Cabrera, Pedrosa; Melendo, David López, Marc Roca, Embarba; Tomás and Wu Lei.
REAL MADRID: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Isco, Kroos, Casemiro; Vinicius, Hazard and Benzema.
–REFEREE: Mateu Lahoz (C. Valenciano).
–STADIUM: RCDE Stadium.
–HOUR: 22.00 / Movistar LaLiga.