Real Madrid will have a one-game cup tie tonight. Who will win? Athletic Bilbao is ready to upset Los Blancos fans.
Karim is out, Brazilian returned from national duties
The Cup is a vertical takeoff. Stick the quarter stretch upwards, when the final is seen and the rotations disappear. More so for Athletic, devoted to the tournament from its inception to the present day (it has played and lost the last two finals, a pain). It is, therefore, the time for the best, although, as in the case of Madrid, you have to go beg for them and look for them on the other side of the ocean. More if Benzema is missing . This is how Casemiro and Vinicius arrive at San Mames, two starters without replacement of their size, like almost everyone in Madrid, forced by FIFA to play two inconsequential pre-World Cup matches with Brazil (the midfielder played only one). Militao returned earlier for his yellow against Ecuador, which freed him from the duel against Paraguay. The three and Rodrygo will be today, tired but healthy.
Who will play on the left wing?
In any case, the duel catches the overexploited white starters rested. Ancelotti took advantage of the break to organize a mini-preseason and recover players, including Asensio , recovered from his muscle ailment. His seven goals put him ahead of Hazard, who comes and goes, and Rodrygo, with the FIFA beating in tow. In the center there is no debate. With the three tenors, Madrid has won 14 of 16 games this season. And Militao, heir to the Ramos hierarchy, is sure. Madrid’s big problem is on the left wing. Mendy injured, infected with COVID Miguel Gutiérrez and Marcelo sanctioned, Ancelotti has the urgent remedy of transferring Alaba there, who has only played three games in the position since arriving at Madrid, although he did so 244 times during his eleven years in the Bayern (21 goals and 42 assists occupying that place). Nacho will be central and Lucas and Carvajal could share the minutes on the right.