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Real Madrid 2-0 Espanyol: Isco double seals much-needed home win

Real Madrid 2-0 Espanyol: Isco double seals much-needed home win

Meanwhile their away form has been ideal, with last Saturday's win away to Alaves meaning they have won their last 12 league games on the road and as if to emphasis the difference, Tuesday saw them produce arguably their best display of the season to defeat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the Champions League.

Gareth Bale looks set to miss Real Madrid's La Liga clash with Espanyol on Sunday, sparking fears he could also miss out on two crucial World Cup qualifiers for Wales next week.

The worldwide break may be seen as well-timed for Real in that regard, giving Zidane a fortnight to reassess their start to the campaign ahead of their trip to Getafe on October 14.

Madrid-based journalist Lucas Navarrete reports that Real "will try their best to prevent Bale from going to play with Wales this Federation Internationale de Football Association break and are confident about succeeding".

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. But, as always, we don't like to take any risks when a player has even a small problem.

That is exclusively down to Madrid's poor home form this season. After one game Real led the table but home defeats to Athletic and Oviedo, followed by draws against Betis and Barcelona and a 4-3 defeat at Mestalla, left the side managed by Jorge Valdano languishing in 15th.

Zidane is hoping for better against Espanyol, although he is not expecting it to be straightforward against a side that have taken seven points from their last three games. What has happened, has happened, but we can change it tomorrow and that's what we're going to try to do.

"The most important thing for him is to play and be on the pitch against Espanyol". As per their official website Marcelo, Benzema, Kovacic and Hernandez all trained separately, which means they likely won't feature.

He said there was no issue between Madrid and the Welsh national team.

Victor Sanchez, Pablo Piatti and Hernan Perez have dropped out of the squad that beat Depor, with Alvaro Vazquez, Naldo and Javi Fuego coming in.


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