Real Madrid will look to improve their game as they pay a visit to Athletic Bilbao. Los Blancos performance last week against Villarreal was far from convincing and they need a win to calm their fans’ nerves.
Luka Modric has not recovered on time to make it in the squad, although he’s expected to feature next week against Schalke. Thus, Lucas Silva will start again alongside Toni Kroos in midfield.
Carlo Ancelotti will also miss Sergio Ramos and James Rodriguez, who are still recovering from their injuries. Pepe and Raphael Varane will be the centre-backs, while Daniel Carvajal and Marcelo will complete the defence.
Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema will be in charge of the attack. The Portuguese will look to extend his scoring form as he leads the league’s top scorers ranking with 30 goals, three more than Leo Messi.
Athletic have won three of their last five games. They are missing important players as Ander Iturraspe is injured and Mikel San Jose is suspended.
Things will be heated up at San Mames as Real Madrid refused this week to allow Athletic and Barcelona to play the Copa del Rey final at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz; Etxeita, Gurpegui, Laporte, Balenziaga; Susaeta, Mikel Rico, Beñat, Muniain; De Marcos, Aduriz.
Real Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo; Bale, Silva, Kroos, Isco; Benzema, Ronaldo.