Reals Personal-Not: Now also Bale and Sergio Ramos are missing
Real Madrid have lost some of their momentum at the start of the season: After a commanding 3-0 defeat of Roma in the Champions League, there was only one victory out of three in the league. In the end, the Blancos were left twice without a goal of their own – and there’s also the increased staffing situation.
The 3-0 defeat of the Roma at the start of the premier class was followed by a 1-0 defeat of Espanyol, a 3-0 defeat in Seville and a zero against city rivals Atletico last weekend. The airstream of the furious first weeks has vanished. Julen Lopetegui is not worried about the results, but about the tense staff situation. The loss of Wirbelwind Isco (appendicitis operation) already made itself felt in lack of creativity, also left defender Marcelo (lower leg injury) could be missing the royals up to three weeks.
On the weekend, however, it came even thicker, because Gareth Bale had to be replaced after 45 minutes by Dani Ceballos. The Welsh man, who has been injured for years, almost twelve months without any injuries, felt pain in his right abductors. Investigations are to show how long he will be absent. Sergio Ramos did not sit in the plane to Moscow for this, because Reals captain deserved a break after exhausting games.
Lopetegui without a doubt: “The goals are coming back”.
Lopetegui’s work is complicated by all the bad news. Nevertheless, after the goalless derby, the Real coach was convinced that “the goals would come again” and that there would be no problems in the game apart from the first 45 minutes in Seville.
But what line-up will Lopetegui use to tackle this mission? The club newspaper “Marca” sees three options: The most probable is a system change to a 4-4-2, in which Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Ceballos could act behind the double leaders Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio. Less likely is the nomination of two classic nines with Benzema and Mariano Diaz. If a 4-3-3 is maintained, young hopeful Vinicius Junior (professional debut for Real in Derby) would be ready for Bale. How long will he really be out in the end? Real star Gareth Bale is missing in Moscow.
How long will he really be out in the end? Real-Star Gareth Bale is missing in Moscow.