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Gareth Bale Out Of Real Madrid Clash With Espanyol

Gareth Bale Out Of Real Madrid Clash With Espanyol

"[Gareth] will go with his country if he has to go with his country", Zidane said when asked if Bale would join up with Wales next week.

It's unclear why there is such a difference in results at home and away this season, but the demands of the fans in the Bernabeu, where nothing else than a win will suffice, could be one reason and supporters have been quick to latch onto errors and boo players such as Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

"I'm not going to get involved in issues between the club and Cristiano Ronaldo, but I don't think that there's any problem between them", Zidane said.

Defending league champions Real Madrid are set to miss out on the services of number of big names, as they welcome RCD Espanyol to the Santiago Bernabeu tonight. "It is a good stadium to try to demonstrate that we are competitive".

Bale's fitness is crucial to Wales's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup.

RCD Espanyol: Quique Sanchez Flores has confirmed that first-teamers Pablo Piatti and Victor Sanchez are out with muscular injuries, while Hernan Perez was not amongst the 18 man squad that travelled.

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Ronaldo was instrumental again as his surging run created the space for Isco - who started the move by winning possession - to collect Asensio's pass and slide into the bottom corner past Lopez.

It took until the 22nd minute for Real Madrid to have another attempt of real note, and Luka Modric's effort drifted wide of the away side's post as the score remained 0-0 at the mid-point of the first period.

Espanyol could have equalised through Gerard Moreno on the stroke of half-time after a mistake from Casemiro, and the visitors were wasteful in front of goal as Marc Navarro and Leo Baptistao both had golden opportunities.

Los Blancos' poor start to the season under Zinedine Zidane has not gone unnoticed by the Spanish press, although there seems to be plenty of calm within the Madrid squad.

Make friends: Check out Managing Madrid for more Real Madrid coverage. That confidence shone through in midweek, with Real Madrid beating Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion for the first time in their history.

Barcelona have won all six games so far this season.


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