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Real Madrid-Athletic: the Bernabéu hosts a clash of two historic sides


NEWS STORY | 21/04/2019 | Alberto Navarro

Zidane's side are looking for their fourth consecutive win at home against a team fighting for a place in Europe.
There are just six games left in LaLiga, half of which will be at the Santiago BernabéuReal Madrid play the first of those today against Athletic Club (4:15pm CEST), an historic rival. The Whites are looking for their fourth consecutive win at home in the league.

Éibar (2-1), Huesca (3-2) and Celta (2-0) have all fallen victim to Zidane's side. He spoke about the danger this rival embodies: “They are a side who haven’t lost many games recently and are playing better than they did earlier this year. They will create problems, but it will be a great game and we can put a few things right”.

Prior meetings
This will be league clash number 88 against Athletic with Real Madrid playing at home. The Whites have had the rub of the green: 58 wins, 16 draws and 13 defeats. You have to look back to 2005 to see the last time the Whites lost. Since then, Real Madrid have had 12 wins and a draw at the Bernabéu against Athletic.


Zidane has called up 19 players. The Real Madrid coach will have to deal with Sergio Ramos, Courtois, Mariano and Odriozola all being out to injury. Benzema will be fit. The French star is in a rich vein of form, he has netted 27 goals for his side, making him top scorer. He has scored 5 goals in the last 4 games.

The rival
Athletic are currently in seventh position as it stands, having won four of their last five games in the competition, and they are just three points away from the Europa League places, six from Champions League. Iñaki Williams, with 13 goals (11 in LaLiga), is their top marksman.