Real Madrid vs Sociedad: Zidane calls for positive mindset - FCNaija

La Liga By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 09/02/2018

Real Madrid will host Real Sociedad in La Liga week 23 and coach Zinedine Zidane has called for a positive mindset ahead of the clash at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

TEAM NEWS

REAL MADRID:

The La Liga Champion will be without the services of Jesus Vallejo due to injury when they entertain La Real at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

REAL SOCIEDAD:

The away team will be without the services of Carlos Martinez and Zurutuza due to injury when they visit the La Liga Champions.

HEAD TO HEAD

Both teams have played on 44 occasions and Real Madrid has been the superior side of the two sides having won 26 times and Real Sociedad has won just nine times and Drew on nine occasions.

RECENT FORM

REAL MADRID:

The Champions is yet to maintain a good stand in the La Liga following their poor display since the start of the season and the draw against Levante has seen Real Madrid drop more points in the race for the La Liga title.

Real Madrid is 19 points behind Pace setter Barcelona on the La  Liga table and they sit on the fourth position on the La Liga standings.

In their last five games, Zinedine Zidane’s men have won three drew one and lost one.

REAL SOCIEDAD:

La Real is has been inconsistent this season they have lost four games in their last five games, their only victory in their last five games was the win against the bottom-placed Deportivo La Coruna.

Sociedad is 14th on the La Liga table.

MANAGER’S QUOTES

ZINEDINE ZIDANE:

``Sometimes things don't go as we'd like them to but we know who we are and during tough spells we have to keep going, working hard and thinking positively,'' Zidane said, as quoted on the club's official website.

``We know the weapons we possess and everything can change very quickly.''

Zidane added: ``We want to put in a good performance and it won't be an easy match against tough opposition.

We want to pick up points in LaLiga and close the gap on the leaders, without letting our minds drift to Wednesday's game.

We believe we can do great things and that's all I care about.''

Zidane sees no reason to fear their upcoming European showdown against the French giants.

We're going to give it our all. Nobody knows what will happen on Wednesday, but we want to see a good performance,'' he said.

We know it'll be tough but we're not worried. These are the kinds of games players love to be involved in.''

EUSEBIO SACRISTAN:

He said at a press conference, quoted by Spanish media outlet sport.es.

``We have the immediate chance to do that on a stage like the Bernabeu against a team with great players. Now, we have to be able to take advantage of the moment.''

PREDICTIONS:

Real Madrid 4:1 Real Sociedad

PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID:

Navas, Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo

REAL SOCIEDAD:

Rulli, Odriozola, Elustondo, Navas, De la Bella, Prieto, Zubeldia, Illaremendi, Oyazarbal, Jose, Juanmi
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