Real Madrid will play host to Huesca at the Alfredo de Stefano Stadium on Matchday 8 of the La Liga Santander. The 17th placed Huesca are yet to win a single game this season and will be taking on the mighty Real Madrid.
Zidane will be disappointed with his team’s result against Borrusia Monchengladbach where they left it until stoppage time to avoid defeat. The gaffer will also have to keep in mind that next up Los Blancos face Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League. Zidane is expected to drop a few first-team players for this fixture.
Martin Odegaard and Dani Carvajal continue to remain unavailable for selection for the Whites with calf and ligament injuries respectively. This game is expected to be a clam breeze for Sergio Ramos & Co against the side from Northeast of Spain who have only gotten themselves on the scoresheet on five occasions. Here’s how Real Madrid could take to the field against Huesca:
Thibaut Courtois will be the man in charge of guarding the sticks. The Belgian will be looking to hold onto a clean sheet this time around. Nacho is expected to start at the right-back slot after recovering from the minor knock he suffered against Barcelona.
Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos will start in defence as the duo will look to build on their partnership together. Zidane would probably choose to rest Varane in the second half keeping in mind the game against Inter. Marcelo is expected to start this fixture as Zidane might prefer to give Mendy some rest. The latter didn’t have a great evening in Germany.
Luka Modric would be replacing Valverde in midfield from the line up that started against Barcelona. The Croatian has been in some fine goalscoring form lately. Modric will be instrumental in midfield for Madrid in the absence of Toni Kroos. Casemiro is more or less likely to retain his place in the starting eleven. Isco is expected to get the nod for this fixture ahead of Toni Kroos. The Spaniard has been vocal about the lack of game time, and he would not disappoint if given a chance under these circumstances.
Marco Asensio has been a player of significance in the squad in the recent run of matches. The Spaniard has impressed one and all with mesmerising skills and deft touches. Karim Benzema will be occupying the number nine spot. A stellar performance from the striker is long pending.
Rodrygo could be given the go-ahead for this fixture, after a poor outing from Vinicius Jr last time around. Despite the return of hazard from injury, it does not seem like Zidane will risk his prized possession and rush him into the mix so soon.