Real Madrid will look to bounce back after El Clasico defeat as they travel to Estadio Riazor on Wednesday to face Deportivo La Coruna.
The Santiago Bernabeu club’s ambition to secure the league title this season suffered a huge blow after the last-gasp winner by Lionel Messi blew the race wide open. Currently, Zidane’s team are level on point with their Catalan rivals but sit in second place with due to the head to head rule in La Liga.
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) April 24, 2017
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Nevertheless, the dream is still alive and a win over Deportivo in the upcoming mid-week fixture will be a step in the right direction for the European champions. It is a make-or-break period for Real Madrid but they possess the firepower to see teams off and carry on with their quest. For that to materialize, club manager Zinedine Zidane will be counting on star player Cristiano Ronaldo to rediscover his Midas touch after failing to score against Barcelona on Sunday.
With all this Ronaldo hate, let’s not forget the terrific performance he put in against Bayern. Man is a champ.
— Abhinav (@TheBarcaWay) April 23, 2017
In fairness, the 32-year-old had a decent game. The clinical goal machine was just a little bit ill-lucked in front of goal, where he missed a couple of chances he would have easily buried on any given day. All the same, the current Ballon d’Or holder has the opportunity to redeem himself, silence his critics and restore the smile on the faces of Madridistas with a colossus performance against 16th-placed Deportivo.
— CRonaldoDaily.com (@BreatheRonaldo) April 25, 2017
The Portuguese forward is quite acquainted with Wednesday’s opposition, having scored 11 times against the Riazor club in all competitions. Pepe Mel’s side was spared the sting off Ronaldo’s boots when he was rested in Real Madrid’s 3:2 win at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this season. The Coruna club now has an added task in dealing with the threat of the mercurial striker.
In relation to added tasks, Zinedine Zidane will be a bit apprehensive with injuries and suspensions lurking in his side. Although Gareth Bale returned to feature in El Clasico, his form and fitness suggested otherwise as he trudged through the game with very little to offer. The Welshman has been diagnosed with a grade 2 injury in his left calf and as a result, he will miss the trip to Coruna.
— M•A•J (@UltraSuristic_) April 25, 2017
Center-back Pepe is still recuperating injuries whereas skipper and veteran defender Sergio Ramos attained a suspension in the meeting with Barcelona. Nacho who was the only fit center back available will be paired with Raphael Varane who returns to the squad after being sidelined for a while.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) April 25, 2017
This comes as a huge relief as Zidane seeks to hit the ground running with a win over Deportivo. The hosts come into the match on the back of a 1-0 away defeat to Real Sociedad but a shock win over Ronaldo and co. will place them on the brink of mathematical safety as things heat up in the bottom half of the table.