Real Madrid play this afternoon (14.00) a duel that is decisive in the fight for the league title. Those of Zidane they face Athletic in San Mamés in which, a priori, it is the most dangerous displacement that, a priori, remains in the final stretch of the championship. It is a League exam for Real Madrid and a European one for the Basque team that is struggling to play European competitions next season.
A duel with much at stake and that is a classic of Spanish football and which both Athletic and Real Madrid arrive at a great moment. The team of Gaizka Garitano They chain two consecutive victories that have allowed him to fully enter the fight for Europe. Real Madrid, meanwhile, have not lost a single match since the resumption of LaLiga, which they now lead with a four-point lead over Barcelona. Those of Zidane They will play for the first time before Barcelona and will look for a victory that will reaffirm their advantage or even extend it since Barça faces Villarreal in a difficult match.
Zidane will make changes again in eleven. Militao will enter through the injured Varane, while everything points to Marcel will return to eleven by Mendy. In the core, Valverde swill be holder by Modric and above, Zidane would bet on a trident formed by Rodrygo, Benzema and Vinicius. The one who will not be in Bilbao is Hazard. The Belgian continues with discomfort in his right ankle and for the second consecutive game, Zidane cannot count on the Belgian.
Athletic, with its gala eleven
In Athletic, Gaizka Garitano It seems that he will be able to put his eleven starter on the pitch. If the coach of the Basque team varies, the team that won at Mestalla would be to give entrance to Mikel Vesga instead of Unai next to Dani Garcia in the midfield or young Oihan Sancet by Cordova to accompany the offensive trident formed by Iker Muniain, Raúl García and Iñaki Williams.
Among them, Muniain is key in the development of the game, of Athletic. Raúl García, For his part, he has regained his power in the area with four goals after the break, two from a penalty kick and two on the move last Wednesday against Valencia, while Iñaki Williams He has not returned well from confinement, but against Real Madrid he has always completed very good games.