After the avalanche of cards against Villareal, the team must be reorganised for tonights visit of Real Sociedad to the Bernabeu. A week ago this match was not seen as important, but after dropping four points and losing key players it is vital for Madrid to stop the rot and get all three points.
Pepe was banned for two matches for his post match comments in the tunnel. Faria, the trainer, also got a two match ban, while Mourinho and Ozil were banned for one game each. Somehow Sergio Ramos escaped a ban due to an error in the referee`s report. Lass also misses a match as he picked up his 5th yellow card.
The back four should be unchanged tonight but Varane will replace Pepe and Coentrao will play alongside Kaka in place of Ozil. Granero will come in for Lass and the formation of the team is likely to be more traditional than the diamond used in midweek.
Jose Mourinho will not be on the bench, Alonso looks physically drained and Casillas has made a couple of uncharacteristic slips recently so there is real pressure on the team. Having said that, Sociedad have their own problems with team selection and the forwards of Madrid are always capable of scoring. A decent performance should definitely bring hom the points.
Ronaldo is looking to score his 100th league goal for Madrid and, Should he do it tonight, in only 92 games it will be the quickest in their history. Puskas is the current fastest with 100 in 105 games.