Kevin-Prince Boateng mocks Cristiano Ronaldo with thigh celebration

"He (Ronaldo) felt something was not right and that's why he did not train today".

The Ballon d'O victor also scored a late brace in that game to save a point for Los Blancos - helping them to come back from 3-1 down, despite playing with 10-men during much of the second half following Bale's dismissal.

Casemiro saw his shot drift wide before Real's dominance paid further dividends as they doubled their lead after 25 minutes.

While Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly still the talisman of the team, the players were reportedly unhappy with the fact that when Madrid win, all the credit goes to him, but if they lose, the blame always goes to the other players.

Madrid lined up without the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Marcelo in their starting XI for various reasons, but were still too good for Eibar - thanks largely to Benzema.

"We hope to put in a good performance at Ipurua, play 90 great minutes", Real Madrid manager Zidane said.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane was delighted with two-goal Karim Benzema after their rout of Eibar.

Ronaldo's influence in the Spanish capital benefited his former club, with Pogba completing his transfer back to United to play under Jose Mourinho.

With the La Liga title chase getting tighter and tighter with every passing game, Real Madrid will want to pile the early pressure on Barcelona and Sevilla by getting the better of Eibar on Saturday.

Nonetheless, the score remained 4-1 at the full-time whistle as Real moved back to the top temporarily.

Though they'll certainly be expecting to pick up all three points, Eibar could prove to be more stubborn opponents than you'd expect.

Isco is said to be exhausted of "bumping into the wall" of the BBC (Benzema, Bale, Cristiano) and is satisfied with the promises made by Guardiola, Conte and Pochettino, with Pep being his preferred option. "Now we have to rest and start preparing for Tuesday's game".

  • Julie Sanders