Real Madrid’s second unit, led by Eden Hazard In a new attempt to return to his level, he must keep Zinedine Zidane’s team in the fight for the league title against Osasuna without stress, at the gates of the semi-final return of the Champions League against Chelsea.
There is no physique for everything. The holders of Real Madrid reach the limit at the moment in which the two big titles are decided and Zidane must make decisions. He saw it clearly against Chelsea, with his equipment rolled from the physique and performing a resistance exercise to sign a tie that leaves the tie open for London. Rotations are required.
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Wednesday’s appointment for a place in the final in Istanbul conditions the league match against Osasuna. It will be time to face those footballers of the white team who have secondary role, for homegrown players and for others who return from injury in need of competition rhythm. Together they face the obligation to win to continue aspiring to the league title.
In the first group appear names like Álvaro Odriozola, Marcelo, Isco Alarcón or Rodrygo; in the second, Antonio Blanco and Sergio Arribas; in the last one, Eden Hazard. This, after his progressive and calm return, is ready to make the leap to ownership.
Zidane will revolutionize his eleven. Militao, who has played everything recently at a high level, Nacho Fernández, an emergency solution for the right-back in London, midfielders Casemiro, Toni Kroos or Luka Modric, and the Brazilian Vinicius cry out for a pause before the big battle. They will not all be able to rest due to the lack of troops in a week left by the umpteenth relapse of Dani Carvajal. He joins the casualties of Lucas Vázquez, Ferland Mendy and Fede Valverde.
The streak of 18 games without losing has entered a dynamic that would not help Real Madrid to win titles. Only one win in their last five games. In League, two draws in three days have taken away the possibility of settling in first place and remains two points behind an Atlético de Madrid that has been losing strength. With defensive security, without conceding a bit in the competition since the classic against Barcelona, a total of 300 minutes, but with a goal foul that he must correct against Osasuna. Unable to score against Getafe and Betis.
Osasuna visits Alfredo Di Stéfano with the difficult mission of winning again after his last defeat, against Celta, which cut a streak of three consecutive wins and six games without losing that allowed him to take a leap towards tranquility, fleeing the stress of the fight for salvation. Their coach, Jagoba Arrasate, pointed out that they will have to have a “perfect” match to knock down a Real Madrid that is at stake a lot. “The team wants to show that we are able to compete against the best“, he claimed.
The Navarrese team is not mathematically saved, so the Basque coach will take out all his artillery to try to embitter the night for Zidane’s men. His great month of April has served to install calm and confidence in Tajonar. Despite having the virtual permanence in their pocket, the men of Arrasate will seek to give a new joy to his fans against an important team. Away from the title contenders, in the absence of visiting the Metropolitan, he was thrashed by Barcelona (4-0) and fell to Sevilla (1-0).
Aridane and David García will return to the title after their substitution against Celta and will be accompanied by Lucas Torró from the front. The one from Cocentaina was formed at La Fábrica, which is why will try to prove his worth in what was his home.
Osasuna has not beaten Real Madrid at home since April 2004, a fact that he will seek to make obsolete in a season marked by injuries for both teams.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Odriozola, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Blanco, Kroos, Isco; Marco Asensio, Hazard and Benzema.
Osasuna: Sergio Herrera; Nacho Vidal, Aridane, David García, Manu Sánchez; Lucas Torró; Kike Barja, Moncayola, Darko, Rubén García; and Budimir.
Referee: Cuadra Fernández (Balearic school)
Stadium: Alfredo Di Stéfano
Posts: Real Madrid (2nd, 71 points); Osasuna (11th, 40 points).
The key: the level of the second Real Madrid unit to respond to the pressure without margin of error.
The data: Osasuna has not beaten Real Madrid at home since 2004 and has been unable to overcome the white team in their last eleven light matches since 2011.
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The environment: the match comes in the middle of the Champions League semifinal tie, with the danger for Madridistas of diverting attention to the European event that awaits them in London.