He Real Madrid closes 2020 in one of his best moments of the year with six consecutive wins, five of them to relaunch their defense options for the league crown, with Eden Hazard as a great novelty when visiting a Elche who will try to stop his fall after a good start.
At its best moment of the season and a streak that is approaching the one that gave it the title after confinement, Real Madrid go to the Martínez Valero stadium with the focus once again on Eden Hazard. 32 days later the Belgian returns in a new attempt to respond to expectations.
His last attempt lasted three games. With their ankle problems that conditioned their first course finally overcome, it was a muscle tear in his right thigh that once again put him out of action for a month. In Elche he will play his seventh game of the season, entering the team at his best, with a positive dynamic that should help him to rescue his best image.
Without rotations and giving continuity to those who have responded to him on the pitch, Zinedine Zidane has found the desired regularity in results and chased away criticism after its lowest moment. With the same block, he will close in 2020, with the option of introducing two adjustments in the eleven with the return after an overload of Luka Modric, by Uruguayan Fede Valverde, and the expected return of Hazard that occupies the gap left by the Brazilian injury Rodrygo.
It is the only casualty from an infirmary that is finally emptied to Zidane’s relief. The coach found references such as Belgian Thibaut Courtois, with only two goals conceded in the six consecutive victories, and the return of the scoring inspiration of Frenchman Karim Benzema who has scored four goals in the last three games.
Elche receives Real Madrid in a duel of streaks in which the Elche team will try to stop their free fall in the standings after a promising start to competition. Add eight consecutive days without winning, which has left him at the gates of the relegation zone.
He had to prepare for the game without his coach, Jorge Almirón, confined by a positive coronavirus and after losing the effervescent effect of the first months of the competition, in which he reached the eighth place. However, has never stopped competing and has in the illusion and motivation, especially of those players who debut in First, your best weapon to try to stop the current league champion.
Coach Jesús Muñoz, Almirón’s assistant, maintains the doubts of the central Diego González and the Franco-Congolese Nuke Mfulu, both with physical problems. The two players missed the last matches and their presence is unknown. It is also to be resolved the game system that will pose, since the team has worked with both lines of four defenders and three centrals. Following the precedents against the other greats of the championship, Elche will strengthen its midfield with the presence of Raúl Guti and the midfielder with Pere Milla.
Elche: Edgar Badía; Barragán, Gonzalo Verdú, Josema, Sánchez Miño; Josan, Marcone, Guti, Fidel, Pere Milla and Lucas Boyé.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Mendy; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos; Lucas Vázquez, Hazard and Benzema.
Referee: Figueroa Vázquez (Andalusian Committee).
Stadium: Martínez Valero.
Classification: Elche 16th (15 points); Real Madrid 2nd (32 points)
The key: Elche need to appeal to their best defensive and offensive version, offered at the start of the competition, to break Real Madrid’s winning streak.
The data: The Elche team has 42 years without beating Real Madrid in Elche.
. Barragan: “We know it will be difficult, but we face the game with the utmost ambition and enthusiasm.”
. Zidane: “The Elche field is difficult, it is a team that has just come up but is doing quite well.”
The environment: After eight consecutive games without winning, the team from Elche can start the game, for the first time this season, in the relegation zone.