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Apart from Salah, Real Madrid have several players on the agenda with Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and David De Gea being the other targets that the Los Blancos are after. FC's Sid Lowe explains why the latest clash between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid has a sense of awkwardness around it.

The question was then put to Zidane about whether or not Bale was "a bit down at the moment" following his recent lack of starts.

Gareth Bale was unhappy after being left on the bench at Juventus in midweek, according to Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.

To make the whole thing even more astonishing, Ronaldo has reportedly been preparing for this moment his entire career, practicing the technique every chance he gets, and even scored one in the training session 24 hours before the game against Juve. We know what a good player he is and what he has done. "I still think he's an important player".

"We are not doing anything special for the game".

Spain under-21 worldwide Jesus Vallejo could deputise for Varane against Atletico, and then make his UEFA competition debut in Wednesday's game in place of Ramos, although Friday's club statement said the France global had returned to work with the group that morning.




We do have recognition towards Madrid, for what they have achieved this year. Everybody thinks La Liga is over already, but we can not know that.

"We are going to concentrate on tomorrow's game".

If Real beat Atletico in Sunday's Madrid derby and Barca win their next four fixtures, Ernesto Valverde's side will have clinched a 25th title by the time of the Clasico on May 6 at the Nou Camp.

They will, however, be offered no 'pasillo' by Real, with Zidane considering that custom to have been broken.

"Barca broke the [tradition], so it does not exist any more". "We're not going to do a pasillo".

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC.


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