Jose Luis Mendilibar has laughed off the suggestion that Real Madrid will be weak in facing Osasuna this weekend.
Los Blancos travel out to Pamplona without the recovering Pepe and suspended Sergio Ramos in defence and also without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.
“Madrid’s casualties? We have no casualties here. We are all well and have no issues,” Mendilibar replied dryly.
“It makes me laugh when they say the big clubs are missing players, as if others do not ever have this. I do not know if Di Maria will play or Higuain will, but notice the names I am talking about.”
Indeed, the Coach continued in assessing the strength of this weekend’s opponents.
“They are one of the best in the world and it is complicated to play against them and we find them returning to form.
“They are great in all aspects, tactical, physical, technical and mental, they have no weaknesses anywhere. We will have to be at our best in all aspects to get a result.
“They are mentally tough and they played with a man less and were still able to play better and win against Real Sociedad [last weekend].”