While Barcelona will have to decide whether to rest Lionel Messi after a fixture of fixtures on Saturday, Real Madrid are still waiting for Eden Hazard to return from injury. During the international break, Messi played a full 90 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Bolivia, the second of which was played at a height in La Paz. The Barca captain has not lost a single minute for his club since football resumed in June after a coronavirus shutdown.
However, Barca have seven games to spare in the 21-day period, and coach Ronald Common can choose to let Messi breathe before the start of the team’s Champions League campaign.
On Tuesday, Barca’s Hungarian team Ferencaros and then four days behind closed doors at Camp Nou, Real Madrid had to face enemies against the oath.
Before the match between Alavसs and Real Betis of Catalan club Dynamo Kiev, who travels to Italy for the Champions League with Juventus on October 2.
Madrid have been unbeaten in La Liga since March, having won 13 of their last 15 matches, and the Cadiz are welcome in the capital this weekend.
Zinedine Zidane may also choose to rotate some players but Thibaut Courtois, Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. can play after the break while others are not on international duty.
Although Cortois has left the Belgian squad due to a back injury and is fit to return, patriotic Hazard is not yet ready for action.
This season’s year-old boy has yet to step into this phase as he has a muscle injury.
He is also expected to miss his Clasico next weekend, but Hazard will be better off after scoring just once in the injured first season in Spain, Curtis claimed.
“I have no doubt we’re going to see the best Hazard,” Cortois told Cadena Ser Radio.
“He’s more desperate than showing it to anyone. He’s coming in fine and hopefully he can prove it soon.”
He added: “I’m sure it will never explode and give the team a lot of joy.”
Leta Atletico Madrid will visit Celta Vigo in their first game since the transfer of Ghana midfielder Thomas Parte to Arsenal on the day of the deadline.
Parte made 188 appearances for Atletico and was part of the team that beat Arsenal on their way to winning the Europa League in the 201st Champ and reached the final of the 2016 Champions League.
One goal: Osama Idrisi
The Dutch-born Moroccan international could make his Sevilla debut in Granada after joining the club on a five-year contract from AZ Alkamar.
Idrisi, 24, scored 13 goals in 25 appearances at Eredivisie last season before being declared out in March due to an outbreak of covid-1 out.
Julen Lopetegui’s Europa League winners are one of four unbeaten teams in La Liga this term and have seven points from their first three matches.
12 – Sergio Ramos’ goals since the start of the 2019/20 season, more than any other defender in Europe’s top five leagues.
250 – Karim Benzema’s goal from Real Madrid. The Frenchman is only the fifth player in club history to reach this number
Saturday (all time GMT)
Granada v Sevilla (1100), Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid (1400), Real Madrid v Cadiz (1630), Getafe v Barcelona (1900)
Ibar vs Osasuna (1000), let Theletic Bilbao vs Levante (1200), Villarreal v Valencia (1400), Alav and Elche (1630), Huseca vs Real Valladolid (1630), Real Betis vs Real Sociedad (1900)