Madrid Press: The battle for number 9 begins

Madrid Press: The battle for number 9 begins


Spain take on Macedonia this evening in their opening Euro 2016 qualification game and the paper in Madrid have plenty of build up to the match.

Indeed AS looks at the goalkeeper situation at the club and says Iker Casillas will return between the sticks after David de Gea played in the friendly against France on Thursday.

In terms of Real Madrid news, Marca looks at the battle about to commence between Karim Benzema and Chicharito for the starting role up front in the side. The Frenchman was away on international duty last week when the Mexican signed so they have not met yet, but both will take part in training this morning and will be keen to show Carlo Ancelotti what they are capable of ahead of this weekend’s clash with Atletico de Madrid.

Elsewhere, Daniel Carvajal looks set to miss out on the derby after he pulled a hamstring while on international duty. He has returned to Madrid for treatment but it looks like he will be short for the game at the weekend, meaning Alvaro Arbeloa will cover at right-back.

Finally, there seems to be increasing pressure on Zinedine Zidane as boss of Real Madrid’s second string side after they lost their third consecutive match. They are yet to record a win in Segunda B under the Frenchman.