Real Madrid to look for morale boost on Saturday

Source: Xinhua| 2018-02-10 00:26:33|Editor: huaxia
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MADRID, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid face another vital game when then take on Real Sociedad in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday night in a match they need to win in order to gain much needed confidence ahead of their return to European action.

Real Madrid's league campaign has been frustrating for fans as they have struggled for consistence all season, as highlighted by last weekend's poor display away to Levante, which came on the back of comfortable wins against Deportivo la Coruna and Valencia.

Zinedine Zidane's side go into Saturday's game 19 points behind league leaders FC Barcelona and their main target in the league is to retain fourth place to ensure qualification for next season's Champions League.

However, Saturday is Madrid's last game before they return to Champions League action with a home game against the powerful Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday night and as such it is vital for them to recover some morale.

Out of the Cup and struggling in the league, Madrid's entire season now hangs on progress in Europe and failure to reach the last eight would mean this could be viewed as one of the worst campaigns in the club's history.

Real Sociedad ended a run of four consecutive defeats with a win over Deportivo la Coruna a week ago, but the side coached by Eusebio Sacristan has the fourth weakest defense in LaLiga and have only three league win in the Santiago Bernabeu in their history.

As such they offer the chance for Madrid's strikers Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to cast off their shackles in front of goal.

There will also be attention focused on Isco, who has lost his place in the side with Bale and Benzema's return to fitness and rumors that the club will look to cash in on him with a big money sale over the summer. Enditem