Real Madrid visit Atletico de Madrid’s new Wanda Metropolitano needing a win if they don’t want to see their current eight-point disadvantage to Barcelona grow even further. It seems that Zidane will have at least two injured players —Bale and Navas— while Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic should be considered questionable at this point.
Kiko Casilla will undoubtedly be the team’s goalkeeper in this one because of Navas’ absence. Real Madrid are reportedly interested in signing the young and promising Kepa Arrizabalaga as soon as this winter because of Navas’ recurring injuries, so Casilla will have a chance to prove that Los Blancos can wait until the end of the season if he performs well against Atletico.
Dani Carvajal is expected to be back in the starting lineup after missing the last month with a rare illness called pericarditis. The Spanish right-back has completed the last few weeks of training with the rest of the squad and should be available, just like Varane, Ramos and Marcelo, who will be starting alongside Carvajal in the defensive line.
Luka Modric couldn’t complete Thursday’s training session with his teammates and it seems that his presence in the Derby could be in jeopardy. However, if he’s available, it’s clear that Zidane will start him alongside Casemiro and Toni Kroos. Players like Ceballos or Marco Asensio could be waiting for their chance here as Mateo Kovacic’s return seems a bit premature considering that he missed the last two months with a serious groin injury.
Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema will almost certainly be the ones playing upfront. Real Madrid need to start playing better and these three men must convert their chances if Los Blancos want to bounce back from their disappointing performances.
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Time: 20:45 CET, 02:45pm EST, 11:45am Pacific.
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain.
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