Getting back to top spot or at least overtaking Barcelona on the log will be the focus as Real Madrid take on Atletic Bilbao in the final La Liga game for this weekend.
While Real Madrid are expectedly firm favourites to nick the home tie, they are further boosted having been well rested from their last Champions League win at home against Legia Warsaw on Tuesday compared to Bilbao who had to travel to face Belgian side Genk on Thursday, leaving them two days less to recover
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The Basque side, who are sixth in the table and just three points behind Madrid, suffered an setback to their European hopes when they lost 0-2 against Genk in a game which also saw them lose key players through injury
Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos and Casemiro are still in the middle of a lengthy recovery process, but the Croat surprised a lot of people by taking part in a few running drills out on the pitch in training.
He’s not expected to take part in Sunday’s clash, however, placing more emphasis on Toni Kroos. Fabio Coentrao was a full participant in training, but he too will likely have to settle for a spot on the bench or in the stands, per the team’s official Twitter account.
According to Athletic’s official website, veteran forward Aritz Aduriz and Yeray Alvarez both picked up ankle injuries in the UEFA Europa League loss over Racing Genk.
Real Madrid starting lineup (4-3-3 formation): Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo; Kovacic, Kroos, Isco; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo
Athletic Bilbao starting lineup (4-2-3-1 formation): Iraizoz; de Marcos, Alvarez, Laporte, Lekue; San Jose, Iturraspe; Williams, Garcia, Muniain; Aduriz
Real Madrid 3-0 Atletic Bilbao