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The Real Madrid wants to forget as soon as possible the bad result harvested in the The Ceramic Stadium in front of Villarreal and put all the meat on the grill in the Champions. The whites will have a vital duel next Tuesday against the Inter Milan. It will be the first big game of the season together with The classic won in the Camp Nou convincingly and with power.
The whites are already facing their first final in the European competition in November and that is that, after a bad start with only four points in three games, Real Madrid will travel to Milan with the obligation to win in order to qualify for a place between the two teams in the group that will go to the eighth. What seemed like a game between Spaniards and Italians, has turned into a duel to the death between the two and that will surely leave one of them on the road.
However, Madrid want to be in that round of eighth and, if possible, as the first in the group, since last year they already verified the difficulties that it has to finish second and face a powerful rival in the next round. The party in the Alfredo Di Stéfano in front of the set of Antonio Conte It was already a momentous clash, but this second leg is presented as a life or death duel for both.
The bad news at Real Madrid is the significant casualties that the team has and that were already noticed in the clash against Villarreal. Before those of Unai emery, Madrid missed important pieces such as Sergio Ramos, Carlos Henrique Casemiro or Karim Benzema. Surely, the three most important players on the team together with Thibaut Courtois. Therefore, they hope that one of them will recover for the final in Milan.
Sergio Ramos is completely ruled out due to his muscle injury. Casemiro is expected to arrive after definitively overcoming the coronavirus. He could do it with his compatriot Militao, since both did not travel to Villarreal due to indeterminate results in the last tests carried out.
Of which there are more doubts of his presence, although it is not totally ruled out is Karim Benzema. The loss of the French, together with that of Jovic, cause the team to stay in squares on the attacking line and that Mariano, a man who has had few minutes this year, despite the fact that he usually meets almost always, is the only real reference of the team at the tip of the attack.
Zidane He not only loses a player with a goal with Benzema’s absence, but also one of the most talented players in the squad, capable of assisting, of coming to the middle to generate play and of creating superiorities in construction of the play with his movements. Without a partner you need a partner nearby to get out of trouble, there will be Benzema. Coupled with all that, he now scores a lot, so it could be too heavy a low.
In addition, Karim is one of the French coach’s trusted men. They share nationality and share the way of understanding football, that which only geniuses know. He is surely the footballer for whom he feels the most affection and appreciation of the entire squad and whom he sees as one of his extensions on the field. It has been with him on the bench with whom he has acquired the greatest gallons, taking that step forward that the team requested after the departure of Christian.
Benzema retired in the Mestalla defeat with muscle problems. An overload had him working in a specific way during the national team break and just in the week of training prior to the La Cerámica duel, some hip discomfort left him out. The reality is that the Frenchman is not having luck lately and in the club they see it difficult for him to reach the duel of Giuseppe Meazza. However, while there is life there is hope. The Frenchman, a regular in the top continental competition and who has started in all three Champions League games this year, dreams of getting fit.
However, Zidane has the obligation to think of an option ‘B’ in case finally, the ‘9’ does not reach the duel against the Italians. At the top of the attack it is clear that Mariano has earned a place, at least while the rest of the team’s forwards are still out. His goal and his desire at Villarreal showed that he deserves minutes, but it takes something more to intimidate the rival.
The game against Inter, absolutely decisive in the future of the season and in the future of the club, could be the great opportunity for the star signing of recent years, Eden Hazard. Without Ramos and without Benzema, the team expects a step forward from the Belgian, who could take that responsibility and bring the pass to the second round.
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