The whites, with Militao out but ecstatic after their new European feat, are chasing a victory against Mallorca that will shoot their lead over Sevilla to ten points before the classic
Real Madrid visits Mallorca with the opportunity to give the League the coup de grâce. Sevilla's draw against Rayo in Vallecas gives the leader the opportunity to raise the lead over his closest rival and only credible rival at this point in the fight for the title to ten points. Carlo Ancelotti's team will park the party triggered after the brilliant comeback against PSG that gave them the pass to the quarterfinals of the Champions League with the aim of adding, against a squad that seeks to get away from the flames of relegation, a victory that would leave practically sentenced the championship in the absence of ten days for the outcome.
The team from Chamartín arrives full of confidence, after doing their homework in Europe with a spectacular victory that has once again placed them among the main candidates to lift the 'orejona' on May 28 in the final that will be played in Saint- Denis resumes the pulse for the League with the wind in his favor to increase his soft mattress compared to Sevilla at the gates of the classic at the Santiago Bernabéu on Sunday.
Ancelotti, with Militao out at the last minute due to some inconvenience, will have to manage the emotions of a group spurred on by the feat accomplished in their favorite competition, in order to avoid a drop in tension between two high-profile events. The Italian coach, however, recovers Mendy and Casemiro, who were not against PSG due to the accumulation of yellow cards, which will allow him to refresh the eleven, but he will have to tread carefully because both are warned of suspension and if they see a card they would lose the lawsuit with Barça, a situation in which Militao is also.
Valverde's great deployment last Wednesday could give the Uruguayan a new start opportunity, in case Ancelotti chooses to reserve Kroos, who forced to face PSG and needs to manage efforts ahead of the decisive stretch of the course. The outstanding contribution of Rodrygo in the frenetic final half hour that swept Mauricio Pochettino's team off the map has also revived the Paulista's struggle with Asensio for the position that dances in the offensive trident, although the sentimental component in the return should not be underestimated from the Balearic Islands to his land and in the retina still remains his
'hat trick' in the win against Mallorca in the first round (6-1). No rest is foreseen for Benzema, author of seven goals in his last four appearances and only two goals away from equaling his best scoring record in a season since he landed in Concha Espina.
Cutting the extraordinary streak of the insatiable Lyon striker will be one of the challenges for a Mallorca that needs to stop the bleeding as soon as possible. Luis García Plaza's team accumulates four consecutive defeats that have fueled the specter of relegation. He has only added six of the last thirty points in the competition and he lives in a very delicate situation. A good part of these difficulties are motivated by the defensive vulnerability of a squad that has spent more than three months without leaving its goal intact in the League and is among the most scored in the First Division.
Despite this, the local coach does not give up giving the bell. “The team has already gone through another four-game losing streak and then had two wins in a row. I think that we have lacked some tie that now would allow us to be in a calmer situation. Hopefully we win and separate ourselves from relegation against a difficult rival, "said Luis García Plaza, who has the loss of goalkeeper Manolo Reina, expelled last day against Celta for protesting from the bench, but he will be able to count on French midfielder Clèment Grenier, Former Rennes player who was signed as an emergency to alleviate the long-term absence of Íñigo Ruiz de Galarreta.
Sergio Rico, Maffeo, Raíllo, Valjent, Jaume Costa, Antonio Sánchez, Baba, Dani Rodríguez, Kubo, Muriqi and Kang-in Lee.
Courtois, Carvajal, Nacho, Alaba, Mendy, Casemiro, Valverde, Modric, Rodrygo, Benzema and Vinicius.
I mediated Jiménez (Catalan Committee).
Visit Mallorca Stadium.