PREVIEW. 24/05/2023. Alberto Navarro
Real Madrid return to action at the Santiago Bernabéu after two games on the road. The penultimate clash of the season at our home ground sees us face Rayo Vallecano on LaLiga matchday 36 (7:30pm CEST), looking for three points that would mean a 23rd win in the domestic championship.
Tonight's encounter is also the seventh of eight games for Real Madrid in May, and the first of a tough week that comes to a close at the Sánchez Pizjuán with a meeting against Sevilla on Saturday. The final LaLiga fixture is set for the first weekend of June, at home to Athletic Club.
Video.Real Madrid-Rayo: Penultimate game of the season at the Bernabéu
“We're preparing for tomorrow's game with all the greatest possible motivation", underlined Ancelotti in the pre-match press conference. The Italian coach has named a 23-man squad for the clash, as the team goes in search of an eighteenth home win this season.
This evening's opposition are fighting to cement a European place next season and are four points off their goal at this stage. With eight goals to his name, Isi is the top scorer for a Rayo side that have won two of their last five LaLiga outings.