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Real Madrid will look to reduce the gap on the top two in the La Liga when they take on Las Palmas at the Estadio Gran Canaria on Saturday.
Zinedine Zidane’s Galacticos are placed 3rd in the Spanish top division, with 60 points from 29 games. They are currently 15 points behind leaders Barcelona and 4 below second-placed Atletico Madrid. While the title seems well beyond their reach at the moment, Los Blancos will be hoping to battle their local rivals for the second place by putting pressure on them.
The Costa Rican international has been exceptional in the ongoing campaign for the Galacticos. He has made 33 appearances in all competitions this term, keeping eight clean sheets.
The 26-year-old Spaniard is a useful outlet for Madrid with his forward forays from the right-back slot. Has managed just two assists in the league this season and needs to improve those numbers.
Raphael Varane has been trusted by the manager to a great extent. One of the most talented centre-backs in Europe, he should make his 40th appearance of the season.
Sergio Ramos (CB)
The club captain Sergio Ramos is an influential player on and off the pitch for the Galacticos. Has established a stable partnership alongside Varane.
The Brazil international is easily one of the best in his position and is a key man for Madrid due to his relentless running down the left flank.
The Croatian international returned early from the international break, skipping the Blazers’ friendly win over Mexico. Will be raring to go this weekend.
The 26-year-old Brazilian midfield enforcer is an integral part of Zidane’s squad. His ability to recycle possession in the middle of the park is very important to the team.
Toni Kroos (CM)
The man who keeps Real Madrid ticking with his crisp and accurate passing, Toni Kroos is an irremovable member of the team.
The former Malaga man was in fine form during the international break, as he scored a hat-trick for Spain, against Argentina. He will look to put in a good performance for his club as well.
Cristiano Ronaldo (ST)
The Portuguese maverick is enjoying a stellar start to the new year and has been in great goalscoring form of late. Will be a huge threat to the opposition.
The Spaniard is another who has been on fire for the Galacticos in recent weeks. With 10 goals and 4 assists to his name in 40 appearances this term, the 22-year old Asensio has established himself as an important member of this Madrid side.