Gareth Bale's latest injury nightmare will keep him out for the next few months at least.
And Koke, speaking on the subject of Griezmann, made it clear that his teammate could leave if he wasn't completely committed to the cause.
Those key players include Luka Modric and Dani Carvajal (Pericarditis) and Zidane confirmed that the duo were ready, saying in his pre-match press conference, "They're both ready".
An otherwise unremarkable game will be long remembered for a thunderous strike from Marco Asensio, who beat goalkeeper Raul Lizoain with a piece of power, precision and timing that produced a goal both terrifying and beautiful in equal measure. "Football can change quickly, and we will be there fighting until the end, for sure". "We played as we wanted to, we could have lost this game but we also could have won it".
Saturday's highly-intensified Madrid derby will definitely give one of these local sides the boost going ahead.
Israeli-born business magnate Idan Ofer is acquiring a 10%-12% stake in soccer club Atlético Madrid, people familiar with the matter who spoke on conditions of anonymity told Calcalist.
However, Ronaldo's restlessness on the field has been mirrored by rising tension off it.
Home forward Angel Correa missed arguably the best chance of the match in the third minute when he fired wide following a mistake by Marcelo, while Atletico substitute Kevin Gameiro saw a late effort headed off the line by Raphael Varane.
Real Madrid responded well to their two preceding losses to Girona and Tottenham with a comfortable win at home against struggling Las Palmas. By comparison, Madrid have let in nine and Atleti six, while Los Blancos have netted 22 and the Rojiblancos only 16.
"Sometimes the ball doesn't want to go in". The 32-year-old is hardly providing opportunities for his teammates either with only two assists so far.
With seven major honours under his belt, most recently becoming the first boss of the Champions League era to win back-to-back European crowns, it seemed unlikely that his credentials would ever truly be questioned at the Bernabeu.
Luis Suarez scored twice to end a five-match scoring drought in Barcelona's win.
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