Real Madrid will look to bounce back from their surprise 2-1 home loss to Sheriff Tiraspol in the Champions League when they continue their La Liga campaign away to Espanyol on Sunday.
Los Blancos were shocked by their Moldovan opponents at the Bernabeu on Tuesday, while Espanyol will also enter the match off the back of a defeat, having lost 2-0 to Sevilla in the league last weekend.
Espanyol were relegated from La Liga at the end of 2019-20, as they picked up just 25 points from 38 matches during a disastrous campaign, but the club secured an immediate return by winning last season’s Segunda Division, and they will now be looking to consolidate at this level once again.
A record of one win, three draws and three defeats from seven La Liga matches this season has seen the Catalan outfit collect six points, which has left them in 14th position in the table.
Espanyol’s first win of the campaign came at home to Alaves on September 22, with Raul de Tomas finding the back of the net from the penalty spot in the 54th minute of the contest.
Real Madrid vs. Espanyol: How to watch La Liga 2021
What time does the match start? Can I watch it on TV? – Sunday’s match will kick off at 10:15 a.m. EST for viewers in the U.S. However, the game will not be broadcast on conventional TV channels for American audiences.
Live steam options: ESPN+ – While the match won’t be on TV, it will be available to stream via ESPN+ in both English and Spanish. That is a separate service from normal ESPN and requires a separate subscription starting at $5.99 per month. Fans can sign up for ESPN+ here.
More international soccer coverage via the Associated Press:
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ronald Koeman said Friday that Barcelona’s leadership has not spoken to him about his future, but that he has “eyes and ears” to catch the rumors swirling about his possible firing.
Spanish media has been rife with reports that Barcelona president Joan Laporta is close to making a coaching change after Wednesday’s 3-0 loss at Benfica, the team’s second loss in as many Champions League games this season.
“It is a complicated situation,” Koeman said the day before his team visits defending champion Atlético Madrid.
“The president was here this morning, but I didn’t see him because I was preparing for the game,” he added. “Nobody has told me anything, but I have eyes and ears and I know that things are being leaked. They are probably true, but nobody has told me.”
Koeman will not be in the dugout for what could be the former Barcelona defender’s last match in charge while he serves the second of a two-game suspension for complaining at the end of their recent 0-0 draw at Cádiz.
The top names linked to replacing Koeman are led by former Barcelona star Xavi Hernández, Italy great Andrea Pirlo and Belgium coach Roberto Martínez.
Martínez brushed off questions about Barcelona on Friday when he announced Belgium’s squad for the Nations League final four.
“I’m not going to comment on my personal situation because I never do it as a coach,” Martínez said. “Now we are facing an incredible opportunity of being at the Nations League finals, so that’s the only thing that matters. Anything that you could ask about myself or rumors is not relevant for this press conference.”
The Atlético match is the last before an international break in the club calendar. That window could give the club time to bring in a new coach.