that is, Real Madrid will not be short of confidence as Real Madrid performed great in their last match in La liga away from home against Real Betis with ten men.




Schuster’s rotation system will probably mean that this time either Ruud or Higuain will give his place to Rau’l who didn’t feature against Zenit. We could also see Pepe and Cannavaro on the bench giving their places to Metzelder and Heinze. I think Schuster will play Van Nistelrooy but not for the whole match as he must have his eyes on the match against Juventus in the Champions League a week after the match against Espanyol.


However, in the midfield, I’m pretty confident that De La Red, Diarra and Van Der Vaart will play. As for Robben, I do think he willstartas well.


Espanyol played Barcelona the other day and the later were very lucky to win as Henry and Messi scored really late in the game . Espanyol are a formidable team with talented players and they proved that last season when we were very very lucky to beat them (Thanks to Higuain!).


I think it is going to be an entertaining match. We are going to be playing in our own stadium, in front of our own fans and so this is a must-win game. I understand that Schuster’s rotation system might have an effect on the result, nevertheless, I think we and Calderon, all are demanding a win because most of our key players (Casillas, Ramos, VDV, Ruud, Robben) will be there.




2-0 in our favor. Higuain and Van Der Vaart