When does a dip become a crisis? By Real Madrid’s high standards picking two points at home from a possible nine constitutes a crisis in the making and there will be added pressure on Zinedine Zidane and his Real Madrid side to put aside early season jitters as they travel to Vitoria.
All is far from rosy either in the Basque capital as the face an Alaves side who are goalless, pointless and currently coach-less though that appears to be addressed with the news that Gianni De Biasi is lined up to accept the position on the Mendizorroza bench.
“The Only Way is Up” once sang 80’s platinum blonde popster Yazz and the sentiment is one that fans of Deportivo Alaves will want to cling to as Real Madrid visit Menidzorroza. The very same fans will also be acutely aware that in their last five visits to the Basque capital Madrid have bagged maximum points on each visit.
On-loan Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic is once again expected to miss out for Alaves through injury, and question marks remain surrounding the fitness of on-loan Barcelona attacker Munir El-Haddadi in attack.
Caretaker coach Cabello does have options for change, however, with Alfonso Pedraza, Ruben Sobrino and Oscar Romero all pushing for positions in the team after featuring off the bench in the mid-week defeat away to against Deportivo
Enzo Zidane who will face father Zinedine on the Real Madrid bench recognised the club’s perilous start to the campaign but was optimistic starting: “We’ve started badly and we knew we’d have tough times during the season but it’s all happening now. Fortunately we have time ahead to address this and I know the team can turn this around. Everyone deserves a change of fortune at the club”.
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For Real Madrid, exciting teenage promise Marco Asensio is anticipated to start after coming off the bench against Betis on Wednesday night, and the Spanish international could join Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in attack.
Injury problems are mounting up for coach Zidane with
Toni Kroos joining Marcelo, Benzema, Theo Hernandez and Mateo Kovacic on the unavailable list for the Spanish champions
In his pre-match press conference Real Madrid first team coach dismissed calls that the league was already slipping beyond Madrid with Barcelona holding a seven point lead at the LaLiga summit.
The French coach claimed: “You can have a 10 or 15-point deficit but in football there are highs and lows and you can experience bad moments and each team will experience them,” he said.
He also joked about facing son Enzo and joked: “I hope he won’t score because we’re competitors, him from his side and me from mine”.