A few of Actual Madrid’s high gamers are coming again at a vital time of the season.
Eden Hazard is not amongst them, although.
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane could have the squad near full energy on Tuesday when it defends its 1-Zero first-leg win over Atalanta within the spherical of 16 of the Champions League, however Hazard once more will not be accessible due to an harm.
The membership mentioned Monday that the Belgium playmaker has a muscle harm in his proper leg, the newest of a sequence of issues which have saved him from taking part in a lot these days.
Hazard had come off the bench to play a couple of minutes in a Spanish league match towards Elche on Saturday after being out for almost two months.
“He’s not match to be with us on this match (towards Atalanta),” Zidane mentioned. “I can’t inform you any extra as a result of I can’t clarify these items. I hope it’s not a lot as a result of we’ve got to be optimistic. One thing is occurring.
“He’s a participant who has by no means been injured or not been injured a lot in his profession and it is a new scenario for him. I can’t clarify it. We’re there for him and we would like him to get higher. I hope he’ll be again with us quickly.”
Madrid had almost 10 gamers sidelined not way back, however little by little they’ve been coming again to assist the membership because it enters the ultimate stretch of the season whereas nonetheless in competition within the Champions League and the Spanish league.
Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo — who’ve missed a number of matches lately due to accidents, together with the primary recreation towards Atalanta — are all anticipated to be accessible for the second leg on the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium.
Benzema, who had missed three consecutive video games, returned two matches in the past, whereas Ramos performed from the beginning within the 2-1 win over Elche. Benzema scored each targets, together with the winner in second-half stoppage time, towards Elche. Ramos was again after being out for almost two months.
Marcelo is ready to return to the squad after greater than a month out injured.
The return of these gamers provides Zidane better flexibility tactically. He has been experimenting with totally different setups lately and will make the most of having extra choices accessible. He has been favoring a Three-5-2 scheme that he used towards Elche and is prone to attempt it once more.
“Now we have performed with this formation in just a few video games,” Zidane mentioned. “It’s a part of our recreation, we are able to play like this or with 4 defenders. We are able to play in several methods. However we’ll see how we’re going to arrange the staff.”
The return of Marcelo could make it simpler for him to make use of the Three-5-2 formation as a result of the Brazilian can play properly serving to the assault. The three-5-2 setup backfired for Zidane just a few weeks in the past, although, when he switched from a Four-Three-Three midway by means of a league match towards Actual Sociedad, when left again Ferland Mendy struggled, and Madrid ended up drawing 1-1 at house.
Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has nearly a full squad accessible, although defender Remo Freuler is suspended following his purple card within the first leg. Madrid shall be with out the suspended Casemiro due to an accumulation of yellow playing cards.
Atalanta has gained all of its European matches away from house this season, together with a 2-Zero victory over Liverpool at Anfield. It has gained three of its 4 video games in Serie A because the first-leg loss to Madrid.
Atalanta is trying to make it to the Champions League quarterfinals for the second straight season. Madrid hasn’t made it out of the final 16 within the final two seasons.