Elche faces the visit to Real Madrid in one of the best moments of the season after having managed to leave the relegation zone last day, in which he had been two months, thanks to his victory against the Seville.
Fran Escribá’s team assumes the difficulty of surprising the current League champion, but he hopes to repeat the good image offered in the first round, in which he managed to start a draw. He will not be able to count on Argentine Emiliano Rigoni for this game, who is still out after suffering a muscle injury two weeks ago. The recent signing of the club, the Argentine Pablo Piatti, will not travel to Madrid either, since Escribá prefers that he continue with his specific physical work to improve his physical condition after several months without competing.
The main novelty is the recovery of Colombian Johan Mojica, who missed the last day due to muscular problems that forced him to withdraw from the field during the match against him. grenade. After the good image offered against Sevilla, everything indicates that the coach of the Elche will keep the same alignment, with the only novelty being the presence of Mojica on the left side, although it cannot be ruled out that he sacrifices some of his forwards to strengthen the midfield.
In the Real Madrid ranks, umpteenth attempt in season and a half marked by injuries to Belgian Eden Hazard and the return of the captain Sergio Ramos, arrive in a league duel with the obligation to win for the madridistas and increase punch to gain confidence for the second leg of the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Zinedine Zidane recovers important pieces of his team at a key moment of the season. Big title options are decided in matches where the Real Madrid walk without a net for The league Santander and has its Hopes pinned on her fetish competition, a ‘Champions‘in which important rivals such as Barcelona and Juventus.
Trying not to lose focus with the imminent duel against Atalanta on Tuesday, but announcing tinkering on your computer, Zidane recovers his captain and defensive reference, Sergio Ramos, and the key player in the entire offensive network who is contributing so little goal, Hazard. None have been competing since January. Too long to think of a return loaded with minutes, but in the need of rhythm.
The defeats at Alfredo di Stéfano against rivals such as Cádiz, Alavés and Levante, are a warning for Real Madrid in a type of match similar to the one they will face Elche. If Ramos, with more starting options, returns from the start, it would cause a change in position in Nacho Fernández who could move to the side and allow Lucas Vázquez to play in his natural position.
He must decide his offensive trident Zidane, who hesitates between the continuity of a Marco Asensio who has chained seven games without scoring a goal, starting Hazard or returning ownership to Brazilian Vinicius after his good minutes in the Madrid derby of the Wanda Metropolitano. The eight point disadvantage with the Atlético de Madrid It forces them to meet the challenge of winning the three games faced by the Madrid team before the Spanish soccer classic against Elche, Celta de Vigo and Eibar.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Mendy; Casemiro, Valverde, Kroos; Lucas Vázquez, Marco Asensio or Vinicius and Benzema.
Elche: Edgar Badía; Barragán, Gonzalo Verdú, Dani Calvo, Mojica; Fidel, Marcone, Guti, Tete Morente; Guido Carrillo or Lucas Boyé.
Referee: Figueroa Vázquez (Andalusian Committee).
Stadium: Alfredo Di Stéfano.
Time: 16.15 (15.15)
Classification: Real Madrid (3rd, 54 points); Elche (17th, 24 points)
The key: the need to increase Madrid’s punch after scoring a single goal in their last four games
The data: Elche have not beat Real Madrid since March 5, 1978. They never beat them in their stadium.
– Zidane: “If we want to fight the league we cannot lose more points”
– Scribe: “It is clear that Real Madrid is the favorite because it is a better team but the plan is to go and win”
The environment: the appointment comes with the renewal of Sergio Ramos in the air the day of his return, after revealing the captain that he has nothing news to tell.