Villarreal v Real Madrid

The Wales global made his first start for Los Blancos in 96 days on Sunday evening, scoring a key goal in an impressive 3-2 comeback win for his side at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

Madrid coach Zidane has told his side they can not dwell on that setback, though, as they now take on a Villarreal side who, with only 15 goals conceded in 23 games this season, boast the meanest defence in the division.

"At 2-0 down we had to change something", the 44-year-old coach told the club website.

'But it's in our hands and if we win all of our games, we'll be champions'. After 22 games, "creamy" with 52 points and goal difference 57-20 are examples of leaders, but now their precarious advantage, and any loss of points could cost the team one place in the table.

However Zidane was quick to point out after the game it was nothing serious, and more of a precaution.

"There's no doubt that Isco and Morata deserve to get more minutes", the Frenchman said.

"He got his goal and we're all happy". Finally, the first half finished and we can say that his was one of the worst first halves Real Madrid played in all the entire season. But Bale, who was marking his return from injury with his first start since November, scored a header soon after, in the 64th minute.

"He's just picked up a knock, that's all there is to it", Zidane said in the press conference.

Pique, who was outspoken in his criticism of referees and LFP president Javier Tebas after Barca were denied a clear penalty in a 1-1 draw at Villarreal in January, was quick to raise the issue again on Sunday, complaining on Twitter of an eight-point swing between Madrid and Barca this season due to refereeing decisions.

"You can clearly see that I couldn't have done anything, the ball bounced up towards my arm and I can't cut my arm off".

  • Salvatore Jensen