Third in the table Real Madrid CF host Real Sociedad de Fútbol this Saturday in what is the 13th round of Liga BBVA fixtures, with the side from San Sebastián in a good run of form.
"Real Sociead are a good side and they're showing good application. They posses a lot of dynamism and quick players. It won't be an easy match. For us it's a good test, because we have to play well and with intensity", said Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, who will be without Marcelo, who is out for two weeks with a knee injury, Fábio Coentrão, who has a twisted ankle, and Segio Ramos, who is suspended.
After a bad start, the Basque side will visit the Santiago Bernabéu having won three of their last four league enounters, moving them to within two points of the European places. For the difficult game, the Blue and Whites manager Jagoba Arrasate has left both Liassine Cadamuro, for technical reasons, and Rubén Pardo, who has a knock on his hip, out of the squad. "If you step on to the pitch at the Bernabéu you'll definitely lose. They're difficult to stop, and we musn't give them an inch", said Arrasate in his press conference.