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He 'Pitu' Abelardo appeared before the media at a press conference on the morning before the match between his team, the Deportivo Alavés, in front of Real Madrid. The team from Vitoria is in European positions after a great start and only three points distance it from the head. Real Madrid, meanwhile, comes to the shock after the three bad results trying to reverse the dynamics.

According to the coach of the Babazorro team, he does not believe that Real Madrid is wrong and downplays what happened in Champions: “I do not think that in Moscow They did a bad game. If in the end they finished 1-4 or 1-5 they would not have missed anyone. “And with respect to the game of the whites, Abelardo sees differences between the way the team plays with Lopetegui Y Zidane. “It is true that they play differently than last year with Zidane, they are closer together and they are pushing the ball out of the rival as Julen Lopetegui tried to do in the national team.”

Real Madrid will not be able to count on Carvajal, nor with Isco nor with Marcelo, but the blue and white coach does not believe that the white team is so affected by the casualties: “Odriozola Y Nacho, for example, could play headlines in any team in the world. They have an extraordinary template. It does not matter that you play Benzema or Mariano. Or both at the same time because they are all very good. “Abelardo says that everyone” has an extraordinary quality “and that they are” one of the best teams in the world “.

Mariano Díaz replaces Benzema


Lopetegui and Abelardo, old friends

Julen Lopetegui and Abelardo were teammates at Barcelona, ​​and the Spaniard keeps a great memory of the Real Madrid coach: “I wish him the best from Saturday because I met him in Barcelona and we made a good friendship. ”

Abelardo was cautious about his options in the game “It is very difficult to beat them because they dominate all facets of football, defensive and offensive, then they are very dangerous on set pieces.” On an individual level, the 'Pitu' has said that he will not “sell the motorcycle” since “they are the best players in the world, which is why they play in Madrid”.

The classification is something anecdotal for the 'Pitu'

The Alavés players celebrating a goal

The Alavés players celebrating a goal

David Aguilar

Agencia EFE

Despite the differences that the coach talks about, if Deportivo Alavés won the match they would tie in the classification, but for Abelardo it is because “we are at the beginning of the season”, and adds that “when they catch the wave they go to be very dangerous. ” The Spaniard has it clear: “Really, Madrid is not in our league, it's true that if we beat them, we get to their level but I do not think about that but I have three more points to reach our goal”.




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