Madrid, Aug 2 (EFE) .- The Real Madrid squad underwent a coronavirus test this Sunday, with club doctors visiting the players’ homes for the test, and they will carry out a final one on Tuesday before undertaking Thursday a trip to Manchester that will not differ in any way from the usual ones, except in the telematic press conference of Zinedine Zidane.
The weekly plan for Real Madrid in the second week of preparation for the second leg of the last 16 of the Champions League includes three days of training in the sports city of Valdebebas and travel, as in every European competition match, on the eve of of the meeting.
The Madrid players will complete on the stage of the match, the Etihad Stadium, the last training session before attempting the comeback against the team of Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane will hold the telematic press conference from Manchester, where they will seek to turn the City’s victory around (1-2) at the Bernabeu.
The Madrid coach is awaiting the evolution of Isco Alarcón and the Welshman Gareth Bale. According to Efe sources from the club, the coaching staff hope to have Isco for the match and the Malaga midfielder will begin testing this Monday on the team’s return to training in La Ciudad Real Madrid.
More doubts exist with Bale due to Zidane’s little intention of reverting to the player and the Welshman to accept a secondary role. The French coach has another major concern, the condition of the Belgian Eden Hazard who is still not at the maximum of his possibilities and with discomfort in the operated ankle.
Its ownership or substitution in Manchester will not be decided until the last moment, putting in the balance its importance in the game despite being far from its best state or what may harm the team in a high intensity match having a player depleted .
Zidane will work this week on the psychological factor due to the significant absence in the match of captain Sergio Ramos, sent off in the first leg of the Santiago Bernabéu. The great matches without the camero did not leave a good memory in the past and the couple made up of Raphael Varane and Eder Militao must step forward. Ramos will travel with the team despite being sanctioned and will be one more in the concentration.
The Madrid squad will undergo the last test for the coronavirus on Tuesday, since it must be done 48 hours before flying. He faces a decisive week with the tranquility of having done his homework in the League and giving everything he has to look for the European comeback in Manchester.
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