He Real Madrid It is measured on Saturday Bettis Matchday 16 at Benito Villamarin Spanish LeagueA chance, that hope Carlo AncelottiKeeping the lead alone or scoring points Girona and BarcelonaSecond and third face each other on Sunday.
With a defeat against Atlético de Madrid two months ago, the Whites have maintained an almost pristine rhythm, adapting to the Italian coach’s changes this season and a backlash of injuries. The last national team provided a new challenge by losing Vinicius and Eduardo Kamavinga at the break.
The European champion uses his wardrobe to lead the league with 38 points, as well as four more than Girona and FC Barcelona, and is sure to top its group in the Champions League, which has qualified for the round of 16. The final, a match against Union Berlin, is scheduled for this week.
Brahim Diyas, the hero of last week’s win over Granada, is the last to join the good white movement. Meanwhile, Rodrigo has been performing at last season’s level for weeks and has touched Joselu with a magic wand. Also, Judd Bellingham is unstoppable despite his shoulder injury.
The Englishman is a machine and appears on either side of the field to provide solutions for Madrid, taking games forward without breaking a sweat. Barca will be trying to manage their doubts in order not to see Ancelotti’s men flee before the Christmas break.
The white line comes to Villamarin with Toni Kroos at the helm of the midfield and Dani Ceballos, the former Pedic player who is already piling on the minutes after injury, will return to the eleven. The green and whites are not at their best but are seventh in the table after two draws in the last three days.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men also left their homework in the Europa League for next Thursday’s penultimate day and ended this week’s Copa del Rey with misery against Villanovans for a direct ticket to the round of 16 against Rangers. The worst in training this Thursday was a major injury to Guido Rodriguez, a fractured fibula.
The loss of the Argentine, an uncertain opener, has conditioned a Betis to step up without experienced players and Nabil Fekir, who has struggled to recover from a long injury lay-off with a groin problem. Thus, the Andalusian side stuck with Isco, who undoubtedly shines with his own light in Pellegrini’s team.
The Malaga native’s motivation will be even greater against his former club, but Betis will need something more than a creative midfielder. Ayoze, Assane Diao and Willian José should feature there, not giving up an inch against a Madrid side that will try to calm Villarreal to put pressure on their pursuers.
BETIS: Rui Silva; Ruipal, Bezella, Sadie Riad, Abner; Guardado, Marc Roca; Asane Diao, Isco, Ayoze and Willian Jose.
Real Madrid: Geba; Lucas, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos, Bellingham; Brahim and Rodrigo.
Referee: César Soto Grado.
Hours: 9.15 AM, from Honduras.
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Stadium: Benito Villamarin.