A hospital Madrid in front of a funeral Espanyol

Rodrygo, possible Benzema couple in the attack of the white team. Calleri aims to start. If he loses today, Machín will make David Gallego's numbers worse.

The match is a pain. Of body for Madrid, of table for Espanyol. A bridge and bridge meeting for the Zidane team, which looks beyond (Valencia and Barcelona) with the concern about injuries. Three medical parties in just two hours on Thursday devastated the mood of the fans. Worse is that of Espanyol, which the shock catches penultimate and without more shock therapy than the market.

It was one morning to relieve fatigue in Madrid, but mishaps have reduced the room for maneuver. With the casualties in attack of Asensio, James, Bale, Lucas Vázquez and Hazard, it becomes inevitable to insist on Benzema, who has played 100% of the minutes in Champions and 89% in LaLiga. He is the leader in shooting in the competition, participates in 60% of the attacks that end up in goal of the team and ties with Messi in the sum of targets and assists. To remove it is to stir nitroglycerin.

Nor has the little contribution of Jovic, one of those convicted after Mallorca, helped. Since then he has played 35 minutes. Only three games as a starter and a goal against Leganés in a more than resolved match summarize his low weight in the squad. It occupies the 21st place in minutes of play and Serbia has forgotten about it in the last five games.

Even so, he is one of the three candidates to accompany Benzema in the presumable 4-4-2 of Madrid, a drawing that came by vocation and that, due to the injuries of the strikers, is now almost obligatory. The other two are Rodrygo, the most likely, and Vinicius. This has been almost a month without playing a minute.

It seems clear that Zidane will reserve Casemiro, warned of suspension, and that Valverde will return to title. A Madrid is no longer understood without at least one of the two. And Mendy will probably take Marcelo's place in the next four team commitments.Unstoppable in Europe, flammable in Spain

In Spain all indicators point to disaster. It is the most thrashed team in the League (28) and the second of the worst final (receives almost 30% of the goals in the last quarter of an hour); walk to five points of salvation; only a week has passed outside the descent; He has won a single game of the last eleven and has not done so at the Bernabéu for 23 years. He changed technicians along the way with no apparent result. If today he loses to Madrid, Pablo Machín will worsen the results of the dismissed David Gallego.

Espanyol is a two-sided team. The European is irreproachable: eleven games without defeat and already qualified for sixteenths as first group. The domestic, flammable. No player has scored more than two goals in LaLiga and four of his attackers have not released: Melendo, Campuzano, Piatti and Vargas. This one, injured, cost more than 10 million in summer

Today, Calleri is expected to return as a couple of Wu Lei and that Didac Vila or Víctor Gómez take place. "With what we are doing we are not going to save ourselves," Diego López said this week. Self-incrimination may help rehabilitation.

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