Saturday, October 16

Betis threatens the league aspirations of Madrid before the Champions League

  • Whites’ title options go through continuing to win in the League

  • On Tuesday, Madrid host Chelsea in the first leg of the European semifinals

  • Zidane recovers Modric and Hazard returns to a call-up six weeks later

  • Betis, sixth in the league, has the losses of Fekir and Tello

Three days before starting the Champions League semi-finals against Chelsea, with the first leg in Valdebebas, the Real Madrid has to face this Saturday before the Betis a new challenge in the race to hunt down the leader of the League, with three points behind the Athletic.

Zidane is forced to establish priorities and, although the casualties have been marking the calendar, it is time to make decisions knowing that he retains options for league title and is two games away from a final of the Champions League, although before he has a tie in which he is expected to be physically challenged before the Chelsea.

The French coach, who has had to use homegrown players as starters in the last two games, is recovering troops. Still, stick with Mendy or Sergio Ramos sick, which has already overcome the covid, but continues to recover from the muscle problem that keeps him on sick leave.

Return of Modric and Hazard

To receive Betis, he has to deal with the loss of Tello and, above all, that of Fekir by penalty, Zidane recovers a Modric that, in all probability, will go straight to the starting eleven before the losses of Kroos, who is still in discomfort and has his sights set on Chelsea, and Faith valverde, confined with covid.

The one who also returns to a summoned list is Eden Hazard, six weeks after his last muscle injury, and already with more than a week of training with the group.

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Zidane’s only headline in the press had to do with rumors that Madrid could be expelled from the current Champions League. “It’s stupid”, said the white technician loaded with reasons.

Probable lineups:

Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo; Casemiro, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Vincius. Technical: Zinedine Zidane. Low: Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vázquez, Mendy, Kroos and Valverde.

Real Betis: Bravo; Emerson, Mandi, Bartra, Miranda; Guido, Guarded; Aitor Ruibal, Canales, Diego Lainez; Borja Iglesias. Technical: Manuel Pellegrini. Low: Tello and Fekir.

Referee: Xavier Estrada Fernández (Catalan)

Stadium: Alfredo di Stéfano. 9:00 p.m. (Movistar LaLiga)

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