Real Madrid could go level on points with Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad should they beat Athletic Club this evening

Real Madrid welcomed Athletic Club to the Alfredo di Stefano intent on building on last week’s good run.

Los Blancos enjoyed a stellar seven days that saw them beat Sevilla at the Sanchez-Pizjuan, qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League by seeing off Borussia Monchengladbach and halve their gap to Atletico Madrid by winning the Madrid derby.

Athletic came into the tie without a win in three, sitting 13th in La Liga.

Madrid, by contrast, were sitting in third before kick-off, and would go level on points with both Atletico and league leaders Real Sociedad should they secure victory.

Casemiro‘s suspension meant that coach Zinedine Zidane had to break up the Golden Triangle (Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos) that had served him so well during the previous week.

Uruguayan midfielder Fede Valverde, returning from injury, came in instead.

Athletic started with La Roja goalkeeper Unai Simon between the sticks with a front two of Inaki Williams and former Atletico player Raul Garcia.

The Basque side could go level on points with Barcelona should they emerge victorious from the capital.

Featured image courtesy of Goal.

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