NEWS | 15/12/2020 | Javier VázquezZidane's men contest the rearranged LaLiga Matchday 19 contest at the Di Stéfano (10pm CET).
However, before attentions turn to the cup competition, Real Madrid are fully focused on securing a league victory tonight against the Rojiblancos. Should the Whites prevail, they will move on to 26 points and join Atlético and La Real at the summit.
Real Madrid have discovered a defensive solidity in recent games and, as Zidane noted in his pre-match press conference, this is a quality that the team must continue to display: "The team's on a good run and we want to keep it up". Casemiro won't be involved and doesn't feature in the 20-man squad after having picked up a number of bookings.
Athletic lie level with four other teams in 12th spot on 14 points and come into this one after having claimed a point at Mestalla. Several of Asier Garitano's men have weighed in with goals, with five players having netted twice (Williams, Villalibre, Unai López, Muniain and Berenguer). The madridistas have the upper hand in the sides' previous meetings and are unbeaten in the last 10 encounters against Athletic.