06/24/2020 - 13:00
Real Madrid receives Mallorca at Alfredo Di Stéfano and defends the possibility of continuing to depend on himself to conquer the Santander League of Spain.
On the other side, Mallorca will be in need of points , but was already able to beat them (1-0) in the first round, causing a small crisis in Madrid's ranks.
However, the 13-time champion of Europe managed to placate that moment and now they will try to take their revenge against those of Vicente Moreno, who if they repeat the feat could provisionally leave the descent, also thanks to a tie in points with Eibar.
Now, the urgencies are greater for both Real Madrid and Mallorca, who can not miss practically any of the 24 points that remain in play in this marathon without rest, after the suspension of the tournament due to the coronavirus.
Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane gestures during the Spanish League football match between Real Sociedad and Real Madrid at the Reale Arena-Anoeta Stadium in San Sebastian on June 21, 2020. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA / AFP)
The Madrid team will try to isolate themselves from the external criticism that has surrounded their triumphs and the decisions of the VAR, and not fall into unnecessary confidence due to the position of their rival to add three other key points in a match where they could have sensitive losses that will force to his technician to demonstrate once again the depth of his squad and that everyone will have opportunities.
Zidane will not be able to count on the almost irreplaceable Casemiro , punished for accumulating yellows, who will surely be replaced by Modric, who rested against Real Sociedad. Next to him will be Kroos and Valverde.
James Rodríguez, surprise on Sunday, does not seem to be repeating and that hole could be for Asensio, despite the recovery of Isco, who could wait for his opportunity on the bench.
Above, the doubt is Hazard to accompany Benzema, which opens the door to a Vinicius that was the best in Donosti or to a Bale that has only played minutes in the second half against Eibar. In the back, Sergio Ramos, who retired with a blow to the knee at the Reale Arena, could leave his place to Militao and Mendy could be the right back to give Carvajal air.
Sergio Ramos celebrates his goal against Real Sociedad. (Photo: REUTERS / Vincent West).
Opposite, a Mallorca that will be planted in Di Stéfano in the hope of adding something valuable and that will appeal to it at his command, although the mission is complicated for a team that is the worst visitor of the championship so far with only five points of 42 possible.
Vicente Moreno, as he already did in the Ceramic Stadium, could present again a defense of five that is usually choking the Madrid team and with only an offensive reference, a role for which Prats and Budimir fight.
The ownership of a Takefusa Kubo eager to show himself before Zidane is also expected, while Aleix Febas could return in the middle, who, like the Japanese, also knows what it is to play in the Valdebebas fief because of his time in the Madrid team.
Vicente Moreno already has left-back Lumor Agbenyenu available, but it seems unlikely that he will start and reserve for the weekend in San Mamés where the team will face its second consecutive start in what is being a very hard restart of the League.
Argentine forward Luka Romero warms up with his teammates before the Date 30 match of La Liga between Mallorca and Leganés. (Photo: EFE / Cati Cladera).
The 11 of Real Madrid : Courtois; Mendy, Militao or Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Valverde, Kroos, Modric; Rodrygo, Benzema and Hazard. DT: Zinedine Zidane.
The 11 of Mallorca : Reina; Sastre, Xisco, Raillo, Sedlar, Gámez; Dani Rodríguez, Baba, Febas, Lago Júnior or Kubo and Abdon. DT: Vicente Moreno.