A game of ultimatums: for Rubi and the white bench

Modric re-enters eleven, Vinicius will have minutes and Betis coach is still in the air. Mendy and Militao have options. Bale and James are still out.


Betis has been winning at the Bernabéu for two consecutive seasons, both with the renowned firm of Quique Setién, object of longing after months as an object of anger (follow the match live on As.com). They are the only two greenish victories over Madrid in the last seven years, and although there are no times to show off at Villamarín, they serve to remind the team that everything is possible. A goal by Fekir almost on the horn saved Rubi from dismissal on Wednesday. The Frenchman sought the embrace of the technician to whom he granted extra life as a sign of the costume support. But Betis awaits after Bernabéu Sevilla. The loan to Rubi is short-term.

In Madrid the concern is another. Zidane has begun to square the accounts (two consecutive victories, no goal conceded, Hazard in slight ascent and Courtois in freedom without bail), but he squeezes the calendar. Three games in seven days, the last against Galatasaray, next Tuesday, decisive, advise the distribution of efforts, but the last experience of a massive rotation, against Mallorca, ended badly. The question is when and who to stop. Casemiro looks like the drain plug and may be more afraid of removing it than of overusing it. He was relieved in the absence of fifteen minutes against Levante. Madrid won 3-1 and almost gave up a draw. He hasn't tempted luck again. Kroos could not play, due to injury, against Mallorca and the team was a disaster. However, one of the two can make room for Modric, who begin to space the minutes. He only played the game of Bruges. His pace is no longer that of two meetings per week.

It also seems split to expand the group. Mendy, the coach's request, has only played three games in the entire course, the last one more than a month ago. Militao has been less replacement than expected and when we set foot in November it only offers 300 minutes of flight. The last full game of Isco dates from April. James goes to less and Bale, to almost nothing. Your injury continues sub udice. Neither the Colombian nor the Welsh entered the list. Yes Vinicius did it, a great investment of the club that has only disposed of 34.6% of the minutes this season. You can have minutes and even room in the starting eleven, now with the wind against. Support the illusion of the team in a difficult stretch of the past year, has lost popularity in the stands and weight in the eyes of the coach. In addition, he plays in Hazard Square and has less relationship with the goal and adapts worse to the right wing than Rodrygo. It is bound to a great comeback.

A Betis without midfielders

Betis comes split by the axis. The injuries of William Carvalho and Javi García, plus the low form of Kaptoum, forced Rubi to put the double pivot Ismael-Bartra before Celta. A newbie and a central. It didn't work out, although the victory against Celta covered everything. The club spent last summer almost one hundred million euros in signings, but much of the workforce was made to Setién's taste and has not yet assimilated the change of style. The sides seem too offensive for a four behind and most technical players are on the vigorous when the team has lost ten points in a summer in a summer. Only Barça beat him last year and he is now one of the many in this chapter.

Neither have newcomers knocked the door down. Borja Iglesias (28 million) has scored a goal, while the canterano Loren (seven goals) is vicepichichi. Fekir (20 million), the big bet, has a high turnover. Pedraza and Álex Moreno do not approach Junior. Juanmi is injured.

There will be, in any case, touch-ups at the Bernabéu. Rubi will change one side or both, will put a third born midfielder, Guardado, perhaps by Joaquín, and Loren starts with an advantage over Borja Iglesias in the attack. An eleven, then, more physical to survive the Bernabéu before the derby, the next ultimatum.



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