This weekend, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has given a rallying call to his team, ahead of their return to La Liga against Eibar.
Los Blancos are facing the Basque side at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano after a summer redevelopment at Santiago Bernabeu has ratified their youth team stadium as acceptable for games by La Liga.
This weekend’s game is one of 11 games that will still be played in 2019-20, with Zidane’s side aiming to close a two-point deficit on leaders in Barcelona.
With a decisive run of matches on the horizon, the French boss has been firm in describing the challenge ahead for his team.
“We are very fortunate and thankful to have the chance to play again. We are happy to get going. These 11 games are like finals for the players. The squad knows what it’s like to play in the final and that gives me confidence. We ‘re well prepared and now in every game, we have to give everything left. I have every confidence in the players and we need to prove ourselves,” he told reporters in Marca.
Zidane will carry out a late check on Lucas Vazquez and Nacho Fernandez before Jose Luis Mendilibar ‘s visit, but Mariano Diaz and Luka Jovic are likely to miss out.
Real Madrid faces an even split of five home and away games following this weekend, as they look to chase Quique Setien ‘s side.
Home ties with Valencia and Getafe will be key to how their season ends, alongside vital trips to Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao.