It is unlikely that the day before so surprising result of the match – 1:0 could become a reality. However traditionally self-confident Zinedine Zidane unexpectedly arranged fantastic rotation of a starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Navas – Hakimi, Varane, Ramos, Nacho – Llorente, Kovačić – Vázquez, Isco, Asencio – Bale;
Alas! In a starting lineup of the favorite we didn’t see Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Marcelo. Obviously, Zinedine Zidane decided that it is possible to beat the team which takes the 16th line of the standings with a semi-reserve team.
And if in the first half guests still owned an initiative, then after a break Real was forced for the most part of a playing time to protect their gates. And both wingbacks Hakimi and Nacho, the holding midfielder Marcos Llorente, the right winger Vázquez and Gareth Bale who was nominated on a position of the only center forward were the most useless, and to be precise, the weakest links of Real in this match.
That is, five out of ten field football players of Real Madrid by their weak game destroyed all efforts of the partners. Naturally, at such unskilled game of the titled opponent the hosts of Estadio Cornellá-El Prat very quickly became bolder. And when the initial favorite agreed to a goalless draw, on the 93rd minute of Espanyol had managed to get Navas’s gates (1:0).
Thus, Zinedine Zidane’s team which was incredibly experimental this time strongly disappointed players of bookmakers and at once called into question the claims on the third total position…