He Real Madrid, current champion of LaLiga Santander, start your title defense entering the scene on the second day with the always complicated visit to the Reale Arena, in a duel between two teams depleted by casualties which represents the first chapter of the last challenge of Zinedine Zidane, reissuing league title 32 years later and without signings.
The coming out of the champion does not bring news in the new course. The expectation of other years of seeing flashy signings disappears in times of coronavirus and economic difficulties. No reinforcement for Zidane, beyond the returns of Lunin and Martin Odegaard, and the discards of footballers who do not enter their style book as James Rodriguez or Gareth Bale. Stars in any team but useless in it Real Madrid.
These are the decisions made by Zidane that have allowed Real Madrid to get a good handful of euros for sales and save them on transfers of players with a record as high as Bale. Along with the Welshman, the French coach did not have Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Reguilón, Dani Ceballos, Kubo, Reinier, Óscar Rodríguez, Brahim or James. The titles endorse him and now loaded with decisions made without the club having made any move in the market.
The illusion of madridismo can only fall on him Odegaard’s hard-earned return that he will be able to play an official match with Real Madrid again after succeeding in his assignments and after a season to frame in the Real society. She brought discomfort in preseason but she will not miss a special game in a stadium where she will always be grateful for good football afternoons.
The assault on ownership is complicated, despite the casualties, with Zidane managing the possibility of reinforce the midfield with four, which would give entry to Fede Valverde, or bet on the trident with a Brazilian flavor in bands with the presence of Vinicius and Rodrygo.
He does not have much to innovate since the season starts without Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, Militao, Lucas Vázquez, Mariano Díaz and Isco, who recovered in time after a sprained ankle but arrives without match rhythm and was not called up. The news in the call is the presence of Borja Mayoral who was on the starting ramp and homegrown players Marvin and Arribas have options to stay longer.
The Real society will be forced to reinvent yourself by the multiple casualties With which he faces his match against Real Madrid, although with the firm intention of continuing his idyll of good results against the white team, one of his favorite victims since 2019, against whom he has won three of the last five clashes.
Imanol Alguacil, a local coach, has an almost as wide list of registrations for this game as there are absences due to injuries that are taking place in a midfield that has been left with very few troops. Players like Asier Illarramendi, Martin Zubimendi, Igor Zubeldia, Luca Sangalli, Jon Guridi and Martin Merquelanz will not be in this meeting, several of them starters under normal conditions, but Orio’s technician can save the furniture by having Ander Guevara, recovered from an injury that prevented him from playing after confinement and pre-season friendlies.
The defense is not saved from the dreaded injuries either and Zaldua is ruled out, not so a Nacho Monreal who has appeared and disappeared during the week of some training sessions but who, everything indicates, may be the starter in his band. The lead is the line least punished Since, although it is true that William José is left out of the team due to COVID-19, the Real has Ander Barrenetxea, Alex Isak, Mikel Oyarzábal, Alex Portu and even David Silva, who enters his first call, yes still lack of filming and connection to the blue and white game system. Their presence will, however, have great symbolic value.
The good results achieved in recent matches They go bankrupt against Zinedine Zidane’s team when the relationship of matches in San Sebastián is studied, because there is still a dominating Real Madrid against a Real that they won in 2020, 2017, 2016 and 2015.
. Probable lineups:
Real society: Remiro; Gorosabel, Llorente, Le Normand, Monreal; Guevara, Mikel Merino, Roberto López; Portu, Oyarzábal and Isak.
Referee: Martínez Munuera (Valencian Committee).
Stadium: Reale Arena
Market Stall: Real Sociedad (6th, 1 point); Real Madrid 15th, 0 points).
The key: the biggest shoot by Real Sociedad against a Real Madrid that has not started to compete may be important at this stage of competition.
The data: the Gipuzkoans have dominated the last matches against Real Madrid, but in San Sebastián they have only won one of the last five visits by the whites.
Imanol Sheriff: “We can face Real Madrid, as we have done on other occasions.”
Zinedine Zidane: “It’s nice to face the challenge of defending the title.”
The environment: There is expectation to see how the team is doing after a first approach in Valladolid, which also did not serve to resolve the doubts left by the royalists, especially in their defense.