Real Madrid face familiar foe in opposite dugout against Espanyol

02 October, 2017, 00:42 | Author: Celia Hoffman
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Isco was the two-goal hero as Real Madrid jumped to fifth in La Liga and back within seven points of leaders Barcelona after they beat Espanyol 2-0 on Sunday.

Portuguese global Cristiano Ronaldo provided the superb assist for the 25-year-old Spaniard who curled the ball at the far corner of the post.

Keeping himself at bay, the Real Madrid manager has stated that the recent questions over Cristiano Ronaldo's contract will not tint his goal scoring exploits as he is expected to remain focused despite having a tardy start to his La Liga campaign this season.

Zinedine Zidane: "We will see tomorrow [how Gareth Bale is]". "It's muscle fatigue, but we don't like to take any risks", the coach added. The match starts at 19:45 on 1 October 2017.

"We have to prove ourselves again every day".

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"I am happy that he [Marco Asensio] has renewed". Keeping himself at bay, Zidane cleared himself by saying he will be the last one to get involved in such issues as the discussion is between the club and player.

In his debut half-season at the helm it was a 6-0 victory against Espanyol that brought purring in the Spanish press over Zidane and his reinvention of a side that had been listless and leaderless under Rafa Benitez, who never really fit the company profile despite his sterling work at Castilla.

For all of Real Madrid's dominance in the first period, Espanyol came close to levelling in the 44th minute when the ball broke for Moreno inside the home side's penalty box, but the striker's effort rebounded off the foot of the post.

Spanish champions Real Madrid will return to action with a trip to capital rivals Getafe after the worldwide break, while Espanyol's next league match is at home to Levante.

Marcelo will likely be replaced by Nacho Fernandez, while Gareth Bale has Lucas Vazquez and Marcos Asensio who have proven to be more than capable of replacing him. Keeping Madrid frustrated and winless at home for as long as possible will be the goal of all of La Liga, and it's going to be interesting to see what it takes for the defending Champions League winners to break that ill fortune.

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