Real Madrid will be without Cristiano Ronaldo as the Los Blancos look to continue their recent winning run against Espanyol on Tuesday night.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane explained on Monday about the importance why Ronaldo need to rest from time to time, Zidane dropped the Portugal international from the 19-man travelling squad announced on Tuesday morning.
Ronaldo, has scored incredible 12 goals in his last appearances for Real Madrid to help his team get back to winning ways after series of shambolic performances.
The La Liga defending champions and European champions won just four of ten matches they played during Christmas and early part of January, but are now on seven game unbeaten run that has included six victories.
The Los Blancos are still 14 points below the La Liga leaders Barcelona, Real Madrid are set to progress to the next round of Champions League after a boast 3-1 first leg win over Paris Saint Germain.
Zidane said at his pre-match press conference on Monday: “Cristiano knows himself very well and we always talk to him.
“It’s very important to always have Cristiano at the top level. He knows that from time to time he has to rest and that’s it. The season is very long and he’s also a player who will play in the World Cup at the end of the season.”
Madrid all action midfielder Casemiro, has been ruled out of the game against Espanyol with stomach problems.