Tuesday, April 20

Real Madrid host Eibar before entering the crucial phase of the season



At the risk of diverting attention before a decisive week, with a Champions League tie against Liverpool and the Spanish football classic, and the impossibility of yielding points in the league pulse, the Real Madrid receives an Eibar in need before the storm.

And he does so by digesting the discomfort of losing his captain again after a chapter in which Zinedine Zidane does not see guilty, but that leaves the worst consequences. Lose to Sergio Ramos at a key moment of the course after going to the call of the national team despite missing the last match against Celta, not leaving good feelings in his first game with Spain and ending up playing five minutes of the last, only to add an internationality.

The muscle injury Later it deprives Real Madrid of its leader and increases the plague of injuries with which Zidane copes as best he can throughout the season. In defense he cannot recover Dani Carvajal yet and a muscular problem leaves Uruguayan Fede Valverde out of action. There is not the panorama to force, so Eden Hazard will not return yet and everything points to the replacement of Toni Kroos, given what is coming and because he has just recovered from muscle discomfort that made him return without playing for the German team. Isco wins ownership options.

The break did not suit a Real Madrid that maintained a streak of ten games without losing and took flight in its goal of achieving great titles. Six points from Atlético de Madrid, it is no longer allowed the failure and the league losses at home against teams of the Eibar profile, as it happened with the Cádiz or Alavés, they serve as a warning to Zidane players.

Against Eibar it was the moment in which he began a new life and the path to the last league title, in the return of football after confinement with three months of break. It was on June 13, the day of the move from the Santiago Bernabéu to the Alfredo di Stéfano, where he continues to play his matches without an audience.

Next to the inclusion of Isco in the eleven, the presence of Marco Asensio in the offensive trident is emerging as a novelty. He has not been a starter since March 7, in the derby against Atlético de Madrid, and responded to his substitution with two goals against Atalanta and Celta de Vigo in the few minutes he had.

Eibar faces the first of its ten finals for permanence and does so in the worst scenario, against a Real Madrid that it has never beaten in the Spanish capital. Those of José Luis Mendilibar have charged batteries in the league break and they will jump onto the pitch with more optimism after reaching a valuable draw at San Mamés in the last league match, although they are aware that they have not won for eleven matches.

Real Madrid is not traditionally a comfortable rival for gunsmiths, since in the thirteen games in the First Division they have only beaten them once, in Ipurua, and tied another, the only positive result that they have taken in their history in the First Division at the Bernabeú in 2016.

Eibar clings to the epic victories achieved this season against Sevilla and El Betis, both in the capital of Seville and the draw at the Camp Nou against the Barcelona, giving you hope of coming back with a much-needed positive result to not to let go of the teams that at this moment mark salvation.

Mendilibar will have five casualties confirmed today by his medical team, those already known from the injured Rober Correa, Bigas, Muto and Edu Expósito, who have been in the dry dock for several days, joined by the last-minute one in Recio with muscular discomfort in his right thigh. On the other hand, he recovers José Ángel Valdés “Cote”, who this week has returned to training with the team, although perhaps his reappearance may still be premature.

The Biscayan coach will be able to count on the internationals Bryan Gil, Pozo and Dmitrovic. All three have had minutes with their respective teams. It is likely that he will re-align to replace the casualties of Rafa Soares on the left side and in the center of the field Sergio Álvarez and Aleix García, who in the last days are gaining the confidence of the Zaldibar coach.

. Probable lineups:

Real Madrid: Courtois; Lucas Vázquez, Varane, Nacho, Mendy; Casemiro, Modric, Isco; Marco Asensio, Vinicius and Benzema.

Eibar: Dmitrovic; Pozo, Arbilla, Oliveira, Soares; Sergio Alvarez, Aleix Garcia, Diop, Bryan Gil; Inui and Kike Garcia.

Referee: Isidro Díaz de Mera (Spanish-Manchego Committee)

Stadium: Alfredo Di Stéfano.

Hour: 16.15 (14.15 GMT)

Classification: Real Madrid (3rd, 60 points); Eibar (18th, 23 points)

The key: the mentality with which Real Madrid plays at the gates of a momentous week.

The data: only one Eibar draw at Real Madrid’s home in six league visits; the rest Madrid triumphs by two or more goals difference.

The environment: the meeting comes after the call for elections to the presidency of Real Madrid and the discomfort over Ramos’ new injury.

The phrase:

Zidane: “We do not look beyond the match against Eibar”

Mendilibar: “To get something, at least, you have to score a goal”


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