Very important match for Real Madrid. Although some fans -- and possibly even some players -- might be focused on Wednesday's clash against Atlético de Madrid, all remaining Liga BBVA games will be crucial if Los Blancos want to conquer the domestic title. Ancelotti and his men will likely need to win all 7 games left in order to have a shot, and Barcelona would still need to draw at least one more match.
It will not be easy, but the players should at least try and the road starts today by hosting Málaga at the Santiago Bernabéu. The Andalusian squad managed to beat Barcelona at the Camp Nou a few months back, so this fixture will not be as manageable as some might think.
Karim Benzema will miss the match with an injury that will not keep him out of Wednesday's Derby, so his place will be taken by either Isco Alarcón or Chicharito Hernández. It would make sense for Ancelotti to choose Isco and play with one more midfielder, but only time will tell.
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Date & Time: Saturday, April 18th 2015. 20:00 CET, 14:00 EST.
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain.
Real Madrid Projected XI: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Isco, James, Ronaldo, Bale.
Málaga Projected XI: Kameni, Rosales, Angeleri, Sánchez, Boka, Darder, Recio, Samuel, Amrabat, Castillejo, Juanmi.
Team news: Fàbio Coentrao and Sami Khedira are out of the list. So is Karim Benzema (injury).
Quote by Ancelotti:
Our formation will not change tomorrow. We know that this is a dangerous match, Málaga played really well against Atlético, performing with a lot of intensity and quality. They beat Barcelona at home and we need to focus on this match in order to win it.
Prediction: Real Madrid 3-1 Málaga
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