Gareth Bale Out Of Real Madrid Clash With Espanyol

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Real Madrid are running rampant in the Champions League this season, but this weekend they're playing in La Liga, which has been a much different story. If you play well and start the match well then you'll have a good chance of winning. "We will see if Gareth is with us tomorrow". "Now we have a game to change this".

"I have already been presented here as coach", he said.

"We have to prove ourselves again every day".

Cristiano Ronaldo's wait for a first LaLiga goal of the season goes on with the Portuguese superstar squandering two excellent chances to get off the mark in the first half.

Isco should have sent Real Madrid ahead inside the first 20 seconds after meeting a through pass from Sergio Ramos, but the Spaniard could not find a route past Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez.

Zidane was delighted to see Marco Asensio follow the likes of Karim Benzema, Isco, Dani Carvajal, Marcelo and Raphael Varane in signing a new deal with Madrid this week.

Ultimately, he has decided not to gamble on Bale's fitness, with the former Tottenham star's plight also of interest to Wales boss Chris Coleman, whose squad face pivotal World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland over the next week eight days. Oscar Duarte remains out injured with a long-term injury, although Javi Fuego is back from sickness and can feature alongside Sergi Darder in midfield.

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RCD Espanyol: Gerard Moreno has been in fairly decent goalscoring form, and has formed a promising partnership with Leo Baptistao.

At a time when the Spanish and European champions are struggling for form at home, Isco was the one who took on the responsibility to drive Real Madrid forward, delivering with a double. With Gareth Bale a doubt as well, things will revolve around Ronaldo and he simply has to deliver - a situation in which he thrives.

Spanish champions Real Madrid will return to action with a trip to capital rivals Getafe after the worldwide break, while Espanyol's next league match is at home to Levante.

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