troopReal Madrid are plagued by an extreme bottleneck in the central defense on match day 34 of the LaLiga against Espanyol Barcelona. David Alaba is not injured in the squad, while Éder Militão and Nacho Fernández are suspended. Gareth Bale has disappeared.
Real Madrid: Three out of four key defenders are missing
MADRID. Now Carlo Ancelotti really has to improvise. If Real Madrid has a chance to win the championship against Espanyol Barcelona on Saturday (16:15, then REAL TOTAL-Liveticker and at DAZN), three of the four key defenders will be missing from the squad.
It has been clear for a week and a half: Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez is suspended for receiving their fifth yellow card of the season against CA Osasuna. And so it is now David Alaba not available. The Austrian suffers from complaints in the field of adductor. These forced him to be replaced at the break in the Champions League semi-final’s first match against Manchester City on Tuesday.
For the 34th match day in the Primera División he was not called up to the squad and a match in the second match against City is seriously on the edge. “Carletto” will be forced to fall back on Jesús Vallejo (14 minutes of the season so far) and Casemiro or Mario Gila, a defender from the second team, at the center of the defense.
“We have problems defensively, I have Alaba, Nacho and Militao not. So I have to Set up Vallejo, who has played very little. Then I have to pick another center-back who could be Casemiro“The 62-year-old said Friday afternoon at the press conference.
Mariano back in the squad
In addition to the defensive trio is also against Espanyol Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale not in the squad. Back problems are apparently the cause of the Welshman, the Serb is currently working only individually after his wisdom tooth surgery, while the Belgian is still in the rehabilitation phase after surgical removal of a plate from his right fibula. The latter struck Mariano Diaz Return.
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Real Madrid: Hold on to Espanyol in an instant
Goal: Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin and Diego Pineiro
Defense: Daniel Carvajal, Jesús Vallejo, Marcelo, Lucas Vázquez, Ferland Mendy, Mario Gila
Midfield: Toni Kroos, Luka Modrić, Casemiro, Federico Valverde, Daniel Ceballos, Isco, Eduardo Camavinga
Attack: Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Vinícius Júnior, Rodrygo Goes and Mariano Díaz
Not there: Eden Hazard (rehabilitation after leg surgery), David Alaba (ill), Luka Jović (unfit for wisdom tooth surgery), Éder Militão (suspended), Nacho Fernández (suspended), Gareth Bale (back problems)
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Real Madrid: squad against Espanyol without defensive trio and Bale
Real Madrid are plagued by an extreme bottleneck in the central defense on match day 34 of the LaLiga against Espanyol Barcelona. David Alaba is not injured in the squad, while Éder Militão and Nacho Fernández are suspended. Gareth Bale has disappeared.