Espanyol legend Raul Tamudo says his former team will not be expecting much from their visit to the Santiago Bernabeu because of their injury list but that could help the team focus even more on the job they have to do.
The Catalan side lost 6-0 at home in the reverse fixture and come into today’s game on the back of seven consecutive defeats away from home. They are without a host of first team players through injury while Marco Asensio can’t play against his parent club.
Speaking to Marca, Tamudo said the players will find it tough but will be focused on doing their jobs as best they can.
“When you play Madrid at their ground, you have to set out to put in a good game and try to take a point at least. Espanyol have quite a few players out injured, but on the other hand that could turn out to be a positive thing because those who are out there can focus on the upcoming games that we need to win,” he stated.
Asked for his thoughts on the managerial change at Los Blancos this month, Tamudo said the players look happier.
“Now the players look comfortable and happier – maybe because Zidane can give them something Benitez couldn’t. They’re enjoying their football. When one of the greatest players in the world is coaching you, you listen because they know what they are talking about.”