Real Madrid Strongest Possible Lineup vs Osasuna: Carvajal Returns

On paper, this game shapes up to be a rout by Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane hopes that extra time on the training ground will pay off against Osasuna as he prepares Real Madrid for their first game in nearly two weeks.

"A decision was made, which we respected, and now we're thinking about the here and now".

"Of course I've dreamed of going back (to Madrid)".

The fortnight's break has allowed Madrid's fitness problems to ease, with Luka Modric, Marcelo, Pepe and James Rodriguez among those who have returned to full training.

"We always want to play".

Real are one point clear of Barcelona at the top, and with two games in hand, while Osasuna are bottom with only 10 points from 21 matches. It's a remarkably poor run that has left them eight points adrift of safety, and they're relying on a miracle over the second half of the campaign to avoid dropping into the second tier. The Spaniard right back played for Bayern Leverkusen and he was named the best right back in that season, while Morata went to Juventus where he grew as a player, being one of the best players in all team.

In Zidane's 13 months at Madrid they have become champions of Europe for the 11th time and posted a club-record 16 successive victories in LaLiga, while also equalling Barcelona's record of 39 league games without defeat. "Then we will see how we play tomorrow".

Real Madrid have got some good news in the form of Gareth Bale making a return to the training.

Zidane said he had felt no need to speak with goalkeeper Keylor Navas about the ongoing speculation that Madrid would sign either David De Gea or Thibaut Courtois.

"I don't talk about that - Keylor is fine", he said.

"I think he's the most complete player out there".

  • Julie Sanders