Real Madrid take on Sevilla on Saturday afternoon in an attempt to close in on the top of the Spanish league table.
With Barcelona currently leading the tournament by eight points, both sides need a win to keep their chances alive.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will have a hard time in picking his defenders as his three key men Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and midfielder Casemiro are all suspended. Here’s who could play, though…
With only three clean sheets in the Spanish league this year, Keylor Navas has a lot to prove on Saturday and will aim at defending his goal as well as possible.
The 30-year-old’s future is subject to debate lately, but this won’t certainly prevent him from performing at his best against Sevilla.
19-year-old Achraf Hakimi could be Zidane’s choice at right back since Carvajal won’t be available to play. The Moroccan has made only three league appearances this year and will be expected to show his skills on Saturday.
Nacho and Vallejo are second choices too for the French boss, but both are likely to play since Ramos and Varane are ruled out.
Marcelo, though, is a certainty and one of Real Madrid’s most valuable men.
Mateo Kovacic is set to return, despite a modest appearance on Wednesday night, since Casemiro won’t be able to play.
Fortunately for Zidane, he will be surrounded by the fifth and 17th best players in the world – respectively Luka Modric and Tony Kroos – who are set to feature in the starting squad after resting against Borussia Dortmund.
Cristiano Ronaldo was glowing with happiness on Thursday night as he overlooked Paris from the Tour Eiffel, his fifth Ballon d’Or in his hands.
The Portuguese star will be more motivated than ever as he will threaten Sevilla’s goal together with returner Karim Benzema and Isco, who provided an amazing assist for Borja Mayoral’s first goal against Dortmund.
Forgotten man Gareth Bale is still struggling with form and injury, and has recently been rumoured to be ready to depart from Madrid.