Martin Odegaard, during a match with Real Sociedad

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He Real Madrid This Sunday he has the opportunity to regain the leadership of League. Barcelona tied this day against him Seville at Sánchez Pizjuán and with him goal average lost to the whites endangered his first place. Those of Zinedine Zidane They will not have it easy, since they visit the Real society at Real arena. A team that until a few days ago occupied a position of Champions In the table.

Madrid can only win at Real to become leader again. The white club, which prevailed in The classic and hit the table, he would lose the first place a day after falling to the Betis. Then came the break. But the return of football is being intense and after two days holding the pulse, Barça gave up in Seville. Now Madrid is obliged to return from Saint Sebastian with the three points.

And the party comes with controversy, caused by Gerard Piqué and its arbitration complaints. The Barça central exploded after drawing against Sevilla and subtly expressed his disagreement with (correct) arbitration decisions that benefited Madrid against Eibar and Valencia, as the goal annulled Rodrigo Moreno last Thursday. “Looking at these two days, it will be difficult to win this League,” he said forcefully.

While most have interpreted Piqué’s message as a complaint about arbitration, Zidane did not want to go to war. At a press conference, the French coach avoided responding. “My players are smart; we are not going to talk nonsense,” said the Real Madrid coach, who feels that they are not being benefited by the referees. Deaf ears and with the focus on winning La Liga on the playing fields.

Martin Odegaard, during a match with Real Sociedad

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Odegaard and Asensio, the attractions

Depend on yourself to lift the league title. The premise is tempting, but Zidane and his team know that every game is a final. And in front there is a very dangerous rival with the incentive of the presence of Martin Odegaard. The Norwegian, who belongs to Real Madrid and it is not yet known if he will return to the capital this summer, is the main threat although after the break he is having a bad time. He comes touched, just like he said Imanol Sheriff after the defeat against the Alaves (2-0).

And if the focus will be on Odegaard on the local side, on the viewers’ side it will be on Marco Asensio. It is almost ruled out that he is a starter after playing the first minute of his ten-month recovery the other day. But he wants to see him play again after half a minute and a blow to the ball to score after leaving the bench. He played 20 minutes and is expected to at least repeat with the same number of minutes.

Asensio scores on his return after injury

Asensio scores on his return after injury


Doubts with the trident

In Madrid they come to the game with confidence. The couple Benzema – Hazard convinces and between the two they understand each other. As before Eibar and Valencia It remains to be seen who will be the third party to accompany them, if any. First was Rodrygo and against those of CeladesZidane opted for Modric of ’10’, motivated perhaps by the last minute injury of Isco Alarcón. Without the Malaga player for a few weeks, with Modric who could have a breather and Asensio picking up pace, the options are reduced.

Three footballers struggle to start: Vinicius, Rodrygo and Gareth Bale. The first of the Brazilians, Zidane does not finish seeing him playing next to Hazard and in his opposite band. Rodrygo left good feelings against Eibar. Finally, Bale, after half an hour without penalty or glory in the first game, was left without playing a single minute against Valencia. Will Zidane give him another chance? At a press conference he wanted to make it clear that he trusts the Welsh striker as much as the rest of his squad.

La Real, in a low layer

Imanol Alguacil’s team arrives with doubts at the meeting after signing a very tight draw before Osasuna and sinking against Alavés in one of the worst games of the season. Merino will provide the consistency that the team lacked txuri-urdin in Mendizorroza, but what the Navarrese player can do will be worth little if his teammates are not capable of generating the danger that they showed until the break in March.

A goal in two games is a poor balance for one of the teams that had been the most successful in 2020. Alex Isak, Januzaj or For your They continue with wet powder and against Madrid it can be a good opportunity to claim their quality. Isak was the executioner in the Copa del Rey in the quarterfinals with a double in the last confrontation between both teams, although now William Joseph It has earned him the position and he is finer.

The lateral Andoni Gorosabel will return to the starting eleven instead of the sanctioned Joseba Zaldua and probably Monreal He will recover his position on the left side after the break the other day against Alavés.

Real Sociedad – Real Madrid

Real society: Remiro; Gorosabel, Elustondo, Le Normand, Monreal; Zubeldia, Merino, Odegaard; Portu, Oyarzabal and Isak.

Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Valverde, Kroos; Asensio, Hazard and Benzema.

Referee: Xavier Estrada Fernández (Catalan Committee).

Hour: 22:00 – Movistar LaLiga / EL BERNABÉU.

Information: Match corresponding to day 30 of La Liga to be played at the Reale Arena stadium (San Sebastián).



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