Real Madrid will be hoping to get back to their winning ways against Deportivo Alaves in LaLiga Santander.
Three games without scoring, two defeats and one draw and, what’s worse is that there is no sign of that once sparkling Madrid side that glowed at the beginning of the season, about two weeks ago against Roma.
Madrid are looking for redemption at the Estadio de Mendizorroza after their poor run in their last few matches, and especially in the Champions League, having lost to CSKA Moscow in the group stages.
Julen Lopetegui, who is beginning to feel the pressure and is facing some difficult days in charge of Los Blancos.
His time with Spain was immaculate and the start with Madrid was very smooth, but that has not been the case in recent times.
First, his side were thrashed to a dominating Sevilla team and then failed to pick up a win against city rivals Atletico Madrid, before falling against CSKA Moscow in Europe.
Enough to declare the turmoil state of Los Blancos, a situation that affects the coach, the players, and even the club leaders.
However, despite their several slip-ups, Madrid share the same amount of points as Barcelona.
In any case, victory is the only option against Alaves, as anything other than a win will leave the team in a terrible atmosphere.
So, it should not surprise anyone that Lopetegui will head to Mendizorroza with his star players. The plan B, which offered such a gray image in Moscow, gives way to the first option, led by Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale.
In addition, Marco Asensio will accompany the Welshman up front.
Behind, the attacking trio, Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will start, all who have been far from their best level.
The injuries are centered on the sides, as neither Dani Carvajal nor Marcelo will be available to face Alaves and it will be quite a problem for Lopetegui.
Alvaro Odriozola will start on the right, but the left side remains uncertain, as the question remains between Nacho and Sergio Reguilon.
Thibaut Courtois is also set to return to the lineup after Madrid’s 1-0 loss to Moscow.