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Without Asensio or Hazard against Betis

ByRoborto Sykes

Sep 25, 2020

A week after their draw obtained on the lawn of Real Sociedad (0-0), Real Madrid are on the hunt and will have to be more incisive and skilful if they want to pocket the first victory of their season. The Merengues having been exempted from the inaugural match against Getafe (in view of their Champions League career), they will only play their second away game on the Betis pitch in Seville (this Saturday, 9 p.m.). To face the team of Nabil Fekir (scorer last Sunday), which won its first two games, Zinédine Zidane must face two major absences. Belgian Eden Hazard, who only played 22 games in all competitions last season, returns from an ankle injury and has not been included in the Real squad. His coach intends to take no risk with his striker so that he can return in the best possible way and finally achieve a full season.

The situation is more or less the same for Marco Asensio, who is coming out of a cruciate ligament rupture that caused him to miss the entire season. The Spaniard has suffered in recent days from a swelling in his knee which prevented him from playing, but his condition did not necessarily worry Zinédine Zidane who did not want to rush his return. In a pre-match press conference, the Madrid technician insisted on “having a good match against a very good team from Betis. The team constantly wants to improve.”

The Real Madrid group: Courtois, Lunin, Altube – Carvajal, S. Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola, F. Mendy – Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Odegaard, Isco – Benzema, Mayoral, L. Vasquez, Jovic, Vinicius, Rodrygo.

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