Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad La Liga preview: Clash of the departing...

Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad La Liga preview: Clash of the departing managers

Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad La Liga preview

La Liga may be decided already with Barcelona already being crowned champions, but there is still plenty to fight for elsewhere – and Real Sociedad are in a dogfight with Valencia to secure the fourth spot and Champions League football next season.

Despite having won the last seven fixtures between the two sides, Real Madrid will be in for a tough match at Anoeta, although Sociedad’s leading scorer and dangerman Carlos Vela is suspended having picked up 10 yellow cards this campaign.

The clash in San Sebastian will also see two departing managers go head-to-head. While Jose Mourinho’s departure from Real Madrid was widely announced earlier this week, the Basque team’s boss Philippe Montanier will also leave La Liga and return to France to take over at Stade Rennes.

In terms of team selection, Cristano Ronaldo is available for Los Blancos. His two-match ban for his dismissal in last week’s Copa del Rey final only applies to Copa matches.

Raphael Varane has been ruled out for the rest of the season through injury, and Fabio Coentrao and Xabi Alonso are unlikely to feature having picked up knocks in the final against Atletico de Madrid.

Real Sociedad will welcome back Mikel Gonzalez, who missed his team’s last outing through suspension.

Probable line up (4-2-3-1): Lopez; Essien, Albiol, Ramos, Marcelo; Khedira, Modric, Di Maria, Ozil, Kaka, Higuain