The 2015-16 Liga BBVA title became something very difficult to achieve for Madrid as soon as Benítez and his men collapsed in last Saturday's Clásico against FC Barcelona. The Blaugranes managed to obtain a six-point advantage in the table with that 0-4 win, a lead that was increased after they beat Real Sociedad 4-0 today.
That means that Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. will need to win at Eibar tomorrow if they want to stay 6 points behind Barcelona in the table.
Sergio Ramos, Raphaël Varane and Marcelo will not be available. This means that Benítez will be forced to play with Pepe and Nacho in the center of the defensive line while Carvajal and Danilo will most likely play in the flanks. This is not the ideal situation to play in such a tight pitch as Eibar's given that the Basque are expected to apply a lot of pressure on the ball.
Benítez will need to make some decisions regarding his midfield line too. Kovacic played very well in Kroos' spot when Madrid visited Shakhtar last Wednesday, but the German is obviously a very important player who will be hard to keep on the bench in favor of the young Croatian or Casemiro.
Isco is also suspended after being sent off against Barcelona. That will make room for James Rodríguez to prove his worth. The Colombian has been on and off the team ever since he recovered from his mucle injury a few weeks ago and rumors have been published about his controversial relationship with Benítez. This will be the perfect match for James to regain some confidence and prove his status as a football star.
This will be an early kick-off (16:00 CET) and a very important game for Real Madrid. Los Blancos were dominant against Shakhtar but still struggled in the last 15 minutes when they managed to score three goals in just 15 minutes before the final whistle.