Hazard replaces Rodrygo in Real Madrid line-up in derby against Atletico

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28th September, 2019

The first Madrid derby of the LaLiga is upon us as Atletico Madrid hosts Real Madrid on Saturday 29th September, 2019 at the Wanda Metropolitano in a match that is expected to be as explosive as usual.

In this post however, we will be taking a look at the likely Real Madrid team composition and changes expected for the match.

In line with this, there is a likelihood that Rodrygo Goes will not feature for Real Madrid in the El Derbi against Atletico Madrid in LaLiga on Saturday as Zinedine Zidane tries to manage his workload.

This comes despite the fact that the teenage Brazilian forward impressed in his senior debut on Wednesday, scoring Madrid’s second goal just 93 seconds after coming on as a substitute in a 2-0 win over Osasuna that put them top.

However, Rodrygo is slated to play for the club’s second-string Castilla side on Saturday as they take on Rayo Majadahonda instead of turning out amid the white-hot atmosphere of the Atletico stadium.

“We know what we’re doing with Rodrygo and today he trained with Castilla, tomorrow he’s going to play with Castilla,” head coach Zidane told a pre-match news conference on Friday.

“He’s a first-team player and I’m very happy with what happened the other day.

“But we and he knows we’re going to go bit by bit with him. We had already taken the decision [over him playing for Castilla this weekend] and for the next game we will see.

“Tomorrow he will play with Castilla and he is very happy.”

All of that naturally means that plenty of the onus will fall upon another recent recruit, Eden Hazard who was brought in from Chelsea recently.

Hazard has suffered an injury-interrupted start to life at the Santiago Bernabeu and is yet to play a full 90 minutes after recovering from a hamstring problem.

He was an unused substitute against Osasuna, but Zidane has no doubts about his capacity to make an impact on the big occasion.

“Listen, we know the quality of player we have and we know that he’s going to deliver,” he said.

“He did it the other day in Seville. I’m sure everyone expects a lot from him, he knows that.

“We’re supporting him, he’s with us. Game by game I’m sure he’s going to be the player that we want him to be here in this Real Madrid squad.”

Zidane refused to disclose who would start in goal after Alphonse Areola came in for Thibaut Courtois last time out, while the fact that Luka Modric and Isco have returned to training following muscular complaints boosts his creative options as well.