Real Madrid vs RCD Espanyol

Real Madrid vs RCD Espanyol

Real Madrid have yet to win at home this season, which has seen them already fall of La Liga pacesetters, Barcelona, at the top, behind by 7 points.

He said: "It is a strain, so nothing too significant". In his official press conference, the Frenchman said, "We'll have to see whether he's involved tomorrow".

"We want to keep doing what we've been doing and to win well", he said.

The big team news for Real Madrid was that there was a La Liga debut for 18-year-old Moroccan global Achraf Hakimi, who was handed a start due to the absences of Dani Carvajal and Marcelo at the back. "But here we do not like to take risks if a player has something small".

Week seven of Liga action brought a 2-1 home victory over Compostela that sparked a run of three wins and the brief hope that Real may recover sufficiently to launch a title defence.

That is exclusively down to Madrid's poor home form this season.

He said on his club's website: "I try to convey to my players that it's a game where you cannot be overconfident, where you need to be very focused, not fall asleep or close your eyes for an instant, because in a very short space of time the game can change". What has happened, has happened, but we can change it tomorrow and that's what we're going to try to do. "It is a good stadium to try to demonstrate that we are competitive". "I am not getting into this [about contracts]".

Isco should have sent Real Madrid ahead inside the first 20 seconds after meeting a through pass from Sergio Ramos, but the Spaniard could not find a route past Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez. After one game Real led the table but home defeats to Athletic and Oviedo, followed by draws against Betis and Barcelona and a 4-3 defeat at Mestalla, left the side managed by Jorge Valdano languishing in 15th.

RCD Espanyol: Quique Sanchez Flores has confirmed that first-teamers Pablo Piatti and Victor Sanchez are out with muscular injuries, while Hernan Perez was not amongst the 18 man squad that travelled. In my opinion, Real Madrid, even in the absence of Benzema, Kovacic, Marcelo and Hernandez, must gnaw the teeth with their teeth.

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