Real Madrid vs Leganes: Revenge game

Cristiano Ronaldo will yet again sit out this duel, as it will be the turn for other squad members to get some playing time

Real Madrid vs Leganes: Revenge game

Cristiano Ronaldo will yet again sit out this duel, as it will be the turn for other squad members to get some playing time

28 April 2018 Saturday 13:22
Real Madrid vs Leganes: Revenge game

Three days after facing Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena and three days before hosting the Germans in the return leg, LaLiga returns and Real Madrid will face Leganes, the team that dumped Los Blancos out of the Copa del Rey.

Despite the crucial semi-final match against Munich on the horizon, Real Madrid will have to forget all about the Germans for 90 minutes in order to focus on domestic affairs.

Cristiano Ronaldo will yet again sit out this duel, as it will be the turn for other squad members to get some playing time.

Theo Hernandez, Jesus Vallejo, and Dani Ceballos will all be hoping to get the call-up in addition to Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, who have lost their starting role in the team.

Both strikers began the Zinedine Zidane era as 'non-negotiable' stars and regular starters in the line-up; however, their sluggish performances and the exceptional level of Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio have sent them to the bench.

Their numbers in Madrid's big games, in fact, show the residual role they have played in the past five Champions League matches and the last derby, without a doubt the six most important games played by Madrid in recent months.

The Frenchman has just completed 47 percent of the available minutes in those games with a contribution that explains his disappearance: zero goals and zero assists.

Something similar has happened with Bale, who only accumulates 32 percent of the minutes in big games.

Against Leganes, they will have another chance to try and earn a place in the semi-final against Bayern, but it doesn't seem likely because there are several players who have overtaken their spots.

Leganes, on the other hand, arrive at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in a good situation.

With only four more matchdays in the league, Asier Garitano's men are 12 points above the drop zone and if they manage a tie against Madrid or if Deportivo La Coruna lose to Barcelona, they can mathematically certify their presence in LaLiga for next season.

The starting XI will most likely be the same as the one against Depor, where Miguel Angel Guerrero played as a false nine and Nordin Amrabat occupied the left wing.

It will not be a massive displacement of fans like last season or in the Copa del Rey, but many Pepineros will be in the stands looking to ensure their third consecutive year in the top-flight.

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