Eibar the visitors as Los Blancos aim to close gap on BarcelonaOctober 20, 2017
It’s back to La Liga duty for Real Madrid after their midweek Champions League exertions when they welcome tiny Basque side Eibar to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night.
Los Blancos were held to a 1-1 draw by English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur at home on Wednesday night in a minor dent to their hopes of winning Ol’ Big Ears for the third consecutive season.
In the league, they find themselves in third place behind leaders Barcelona and Valencia on 17 points and know that nothing less than a win against Eibar will do.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have scored just 15 goals so far in the league but the Frenchman isn’t panicking, “I’m not worried about missed chances. Rather I am annoyed by the players, who are the ones who fight, fight and play with intensity. It’s frustrating for the players, but this is football and we have a game already this Sunday. Let’s follow and insist. There is a return leg also shortly and we will try to get all three points at Wembley. ”
Eibar are now four games without a win and could find themselves in the bottom three by the end of Sunday’s game depending on other results.
Manager Jose Luis Mendilibar says that his team has to play with “tranquility and wisdom” if they want to get a result on Sunday.
“We are better now than the week before the game against Deportivo. It seems that a point in Ipurua may be seen as a little but then you see that it serves to advance you two or three places up the table.”
Real will be without Keylor Navas after he was ruled out for the next two weeks with a groin problem, Gareth Bale has resumed training but will not play on Sunday with Mateo Kovacic and Dani Carvajal still sidelined and Raphael Varane doubtful.
Eibar have a squad of 19 for their trip to the capital with Yoel, Fran Rico, Pedro Leon, Ivan Alejo and Ivan Ramis all out.
Real Madrid (4-4-2): Casilla; Achraf, Nacho, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco; Benzema, Ronaldo
Eibar (5-3-2): Dmitrovic; Capa, Arbilla, Oliveira, Lomban, Junca; Escalante, Garcia, Jordan; Enrich, Kike Garcia