Real Madrid plays tonight in Cornellà against Espanyol immersed in a sea of trouble with the dismissal of Abelardo and the premiere of Rufete on the blue and white bench. A desperate flight from the Catalan team to fight to the end for permanence. Real Madrid does not seem the ideal rival for Espanyol to begin to end their crisis, but it is also true that this change of coach can give the ‘parakeets’ a dose of football vitamin to begin the comeback.
Of that, of that Ru Rufete effect ’, the whites who go to Barcelona are not trusted with all the caution in the world and with the clear idea of achieving a victory that allows them to continue in the leadership. Three points that, on the other hand, are also vital, almost decisive for Espanyol who hopes to make good the saying of ‘a new coach, sure victory’. Real Madrid does not want to give a speck of hope to the ‘parakeets’ and it is going to go all out. Zidane recovers Casemiro, that he did not play by sanction against Mallorca, and everything indicates that he will not repeat his experiment in the four corners. The question is whether upstairs will try the trident Vinicius, Benzema and Hazard or will put Isco start with Hazard or Vinicius and Benzema in front. And is that the white coach’s big question is whether to give continuity to Vinicius, the most fit player of Madrid, or put Hazard which has shown that with Benzema up, greatly improves your performance.
The team also returns Marcel to replace the sanctioned Mendy and Kroos He also returns to the starting eleven after not being a substitute against Mallorca. A recognizable team, which falls within the usual schemes of Zidane.
Rufete, with everything
Espanyol, for its part, hopes to show the version of their first game after the break in which they beat Alavés and not the last one that has condemned him to be the last in the classification to eight points of permanence. In his technical debut, Rufete You can count on all the players. D’s only doubtídac Vilà, low for discomfort against Betis. In the rear, retrieve the Uruguayan Leandro Cabrera and the Colombian Bernardo Espinosa, sanctioned one and two games respectively, while Raúl de Tomás, who played 35 minutes against Betis, could start.
The presence of the former Real Madrid player gives Espanyol the punch, the aggressiveness that he has lacked in recent games and that has condemned a Catalan team that comes to this duel wrapped in a sea of trouble and from which it hopes to begin to win tonight at Madrid. If he succeeds, it will be a tremendous injection of morale.