Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

Real Madrid rise to third after beating Leganes without Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid rise to third after beating Leganes without Cristiano Ronaldo

Gareth Bale was included only among the substitutes, and there was also a seat on the bench for the first time for the manager's son Luca. The Spaniard has registered six goals and four assists in 20 La Liga outings. We know that everything is important to us.

Leganes, who are 13th, are in their second season in Spain's top flight and knocked Real out of the King's Cup in the quarter-finals last month, before eventually losing to Sevilla in the semis.

However, Real have 48 points from 24 games and trail leaders Barcelona 14 points.

Real Madrid won their game in hand to leapfrog Valencia into third place.

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann retained his place among the top performers, assisting Kevin Gameiro's opener during a 2-0 win against Athletic Bilbao. We have had complicated moments and we have to take advantage to continue.

For Asier Garitano's men, they will be hoping to return to winning ways after losing their last three games including defeat to Sevilla in the semi-final stage of the Copa del Rey which halted their chance to win a diadem for the first time since 1993. "It's what we try to prepare for every week", the Frenchman said in his pre-match press conference.

"After a few days of rest we will come back together again". Real Madrid have rediscovered their scoring touch and are the favourites to progress to the Last 8 stage of the Champions League ahead of a high flying PSG side. The second half against Betis was phenomenal. "We want him to get to his best level and I am going to see how to manage him in the coming games". The result of all that is that we're winning games again, we're not anxious if the opposition score.

The hosts remain without long-term injury victim Alexander Szymanowski, while Darko Brasanac is facing a late fitness test on a shoulder problem.

Zinedine Zidane will be without Toni Kroos (knee) and Luka Modric and Marcelo (both hamstring) for the trip across the Spanish capital.

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