A few of Actual Madrid’s high gamers are coming again at a vital time of the season.
Eden Hazard is not amongst them, although.
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane could have the squad near full power on Tuesday when it defends its 1-0 first-leg win over Atalanta within the spherical of 16 of the Champions League, however Hazard once more will not be accessible due to an harm.
The membership stated Monday that the Belgium playmaker has a muscle harm in his proper leg, the newest of a collection of issues which have stored him from taking part in a lot these days.
Hazard had come off the bench to play a couple of minutes in a Spanish league match in opposition to Elche on Saturday after being out for practically two months.
“He’s not match to be with us on this match (in opposition to Atalanta),” Zidane stated. “I can’t let you know any extra as a result of I can’t clarify this stuff. I hope it’s not a lot as a result of we have now to be optimistic. One thing is occurring.
“He’s a participant who has by no means been injured or not been injured a lot in his profession and this can be a new scenario for him. I can’t clarify it. We’re there for him and we would like him to get higher. I hope he’ll be again with us quickly.”
Madrid had practically 10 gamers sidelined not way back, however little by little they’ve been coming again to assist the membership because it enters the ultimate stretch of the season whereas nonetheless in rivalry within the Champions League and the Spanish league.
Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo — who’ve missed a number of matches just lately due to accidents, together with the primary sport in opposition to Atalanta — are all anticipated to be accessible for the second leg on the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium.
Benzema, who had missed three consecutive video games, returned two matches in the past, whereas Ramos performed from the beginning within the 2-1 win over Elche. Benzema scored each objectives, together with the winner in second-half stoppage time, in opposition to Elche. Ramos was again after being out for practically two months.
Marcelo is about to return to the squad after greater than a month out injured.
The return of these gamers offers Zidane better flexibility tactically. He has been experimenting with totally different setups just lately and will make the most of having extra choices accessible. He has been favoring a 3-5-2 scheme that he used in opposition to Elche and is prone to attempt it once more.
“We’ve got performed with this formation in just a few video games,” Zidane stated. “It’s a part of our sport, we are able to play like this or with 4 defenders. We are able to play in numerous methods. However we’ll see how we’re going to arrange the staff.”
The return of Marcelo might make it simpler for him to make use of the 3-5-2 formation as a result of the Brazilian can play effectively serving to the assault. The three-5-2 setup backfired for Zidane just a few weeks in the past, although, when he switched from a 4-3-3 midway by way of a league match in opposition to Actual Sociedad, when left again Ferland Mendy struggled, and Madrid ended up drawing 1-1 at residence.
Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has nearly a full squad accessible, although defender Remo Freuler is suspended following his crimson card within the first leg. Madrid might be with out the suspended Casemiro due to an accumulation of yellow playing cards.
Atalanta has received all of its European matches away from residence this season, together with a 2-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield. It has received three of its 4 video games in Serie A because the first-leg loss to Madrid.
“This might be a special type of sport,” Gasperini stated. “We face Actual Madrid after shedding the primary leg. They had been favorites earlier than, now much more so. However we’re nonetheless succesful, we wish to play effectively and make sure the sport is as aggressive as attainable.”
Atalanta is trying to make it to the Champions League quarterfinals for the second straight season. Madrid hasn’t made it out of the final 16 within the final two seasons.
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