Following their dramatic midweek Champions League aggregate win over Juventus, Real Madrid return to La Liga action this weekend looking to continue their five-game unbeaten domestic run when they make the trip to bottom club Malaga on Sunday evening.
Zinedine Zidane’s men will be heading into the tie eyeing a much-needed confidence boost after Wednesday’s fiasco, no more so than defensively, as Los Blancos somehow surrendered what seemed an unassailable three-goal advantage via shoddy work at the back.
Malaga, meanwhile, could find themselves within one game from relegation should Levante claim victory at Atletico Madrid, and they fail to secure anything against Real
Malaga 3-2 Real Madrid (December, 2012)
Having only secured victory over Real Madrid once since 1999, Malaga’s 3-2 win over the Spanish giants in December 2012 was a historic day for the club.
The scores were level at the break before the encounter exploded with five second half goals, with the hosts’ opener coming courtesy of now-Los Blancos man and former FIFA Golden Boy winner Isco before Sergio Sanchez’s own goal tied things up again.
However, two strikes in three minutes from former Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City man
Ignasi Miquel vs Gareth Bale
Malaga face challenging the free-scoring Los Blancos with a lengthy injury list, with veteran midfielder Recio and Venezuelan attacking duo Adalberto Penaranda and Juanpi Anor all unavailable. Meanwhile, the aforementioned centre back Hernandez is suspended.
In the Real Madrid camp, Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be left at home as has been the trend on similar trips to lower opposition this season.
Sergio Ramos, meanwhile, is set to return to what is expected to be a heavily rotated lineup this weekend after missing the defeat to Juventus through suspension. H
Although Real Madrid showed weaknesses in midweek and were fortunate to secure their showdown with Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals, Sunday should see a return to the norm alongside a convincing victory.
Zidane has never tasted defeat to Malaga during his tenure in the Estadio