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Athletic v Real Madrid: tough test for final away trip of the year

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NEWS | 02/12/2017 | Alberto Navarro

The Whites head to San Mamés in Matchday 14 of the LaLiga campaign (8:45pm CET).
Real Madrid tonight face a tough test when they travel to take on Athletic at San Mamés (8:45pm CET). The Whites head into their final away outing of the calendar year after having cut the gap on the leading pack in the last round of  LaLiga fixtures. Meanwhile, Zinedine Zidane's charges sealed their place in the Copa del Rey round of 16 in midweek. 

The trip to Bilbao represents the side's first outing in a demading final month of 2017, in which the madridistas face a total of six games. After their meeting with Athletic, Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla are the visitors to the Bernabéu in the Champions League and LaLiga respectively. After these games come the two matches in Abu Dhabi as the side goes in search of another Club World Cup crown, before bringing the curtain down on the year with El Clásico on home soil.

This is the first game of a tough month of December.

Speaking in the build-up, Zidane commented that "We're in for a difficult game at San Mamés but we're ready to put in a good display”. In the bid to see his side deliver that performance, the Whites' boss is able to call on two players who are well used to finding the net against Athletic: Cristiano Ronaldo, who averages a goal a game against the Basques, and Karim Benzema, who has been on target three times in the side's last two away fixtures against Athletic.

Aduriz already has 12 goals to his name
Despite the quality within their ranks, Athletic aren't currently going through their best spell. They come into the game after being knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Formentera and are sitting down in 16th spot ahead of this round of fixtures. Aritz Aduriz, who has 12 goals to his name (seven in the Europa League and five in LaLiga), tops the goalscoring charts for José Ángel Ziganda's side.

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