"We will see tomorrow [how he is]", Zidane said when asked about Bale's availability during Saturday's pre-match press conference. We must prove ourselves again every day - that is what I like about this job, and my players too.
"We want to keep doing what we've been doing and to win well", he said.
"I'm not going to get involved in issues between the club and Cristiano Ronaldo, but I don't think that there's any problem between them", Zidane said.
Quique Sanchez Flores: "This is the kind of game where you can never become complacent".
Isco should have sent Real Madrid ahead inside the first 20 seconds after meeting a through pass from Sergio Ramos, but the Spaniard could not find a route past Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez. "It is a good stadium to try to demonstrate that we are competitive".
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Wales play in Georgia on October 6 and host Republic of Ireland three days later, with Chris Coleman's side now second in Group D, four points behind leaders Serbia and one ahead of third-placed Ireland.
The big team news for Real Madrid was that there was a La Liga debut for 18-year-old Moroccan worldwide Achraf Hakimi, who was handed a start due to the absences of Dani Carvajal and Marcelo at the back.
Keylor Navas came to Real's rescue after 51 minutes as he produced a fine save to deny Navarro from equalising.
The Madrid boss felt the Spain attacking midfielder was wise to praise Ronaldo as an example to follow as he continues to develop.
RCD Espanyol: Gerard Moreno has been in fairly decent goalscoring form, and has formed a promising partnership with Leo Baptistao. That confidence shone through in midweek, with Real Madrid beating Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion for the first time in their history.
On the field there was far less conflict as Real eased to an 11th consecutive win over Barcelona-based Espanyol for their first home league win of the season.