NEWS | 21/01/2018 | Alberto NavarroThe Whites take on the team from Galicia, who are fighting to stave off relegation (4:15pm CET).
The match will be Real Madrid's sixth outing in what has already proved a tough January. Before the month is out though, the Whites host Leganés in next Wednesday's second leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, and then head to Mestalla three days later to take on Valencia in LaLiga. If they come through their cup tie unscathed, the semi-finals will begin in the final week of a congested January fixture list.
“Deportivo don't deserve to be where they are in the table and we'll have to play with real intensity”, said Zidane in yesterday's press conference ahead of the clash. He'll be able to call on three players with astonishing personal figures against the team from Galicia: Cristiano Ronaldo has already smashed 11 goals against this opposition, while Bale averages more than a goal per game and Kroos has scored or assisted in his last five appearances against Depor.
Deportivo come to the Santiago Bernabéu in the midst of a fight to climb out of the relegation spots. Prior to this round of games, the team from La Coruña sat eighteenth, two points worse off than Alavés and Levante, who are safe as it stands. Lucas Pérez and Andone, with five goals apiece, are the top scorers for a team that head into the clash on a run of four LaLiga games without a win.