Preview – Real Madrid face tricky visit to Alaves
ALAVES VS REAL MADRID – Julen Lopetegui and his men will be keen to return to winning ways when they face Alaves on Saturday
Are Real Madrid under pressure? Yes! The Los Blancos will be aiming to put some of the pressure and recent poor results behind them when they travel to Mendizorroza to face an impressive Alaves side in a potential banana peel La Liga encounter.
Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui is definitely feeling the pressure and will hope his side can take the game to the hosts, find a workaround around their recent poor scoring form, and emerge with all 3 points from this game.
Real Madrid are currently on a run of 1 goal in 4 games in all competitions and 1 in 3 in the La Liga. This could be the worst possible time to face a trip to Alaves who currently sit sixth on the log and are just 4 points behind Madrid and Barcelona.
The two joint-leaders have failed to take advantage of each other’s lapses in recent weeks. However, this is another chance as Barcelona travel to face Valencia at the Mestalla in another tricky tie.
Julen Lopetegui’s men appear to be missing Ronaldo as they’ve not scored in the last three games in all competitions. Records show that the last time such a run occurred was before Ronaldo’s arrival at the club.
Meanwhile, Madrid have received a boost as Gareth Bale is in contention for the game, having missed out of the UCL game against CSKA Moscow in midweek.
The Los Blancos who have been struggling for goals recently will have to breach the goal of Alaves goalie Fernando Pacheco, while the defence line will be wary of the threat of Ibai Gomez. The forward has been key to Alaves’ attacking forays this season.
Julen Lopetegui and his men will surely get some relief from the fact that the hosts suffered a loss last week against Levante. However, Alaves will be keen to get something significant off Madrid in this tie.
The poor run cannot be extended. Julen Lopetegui must do everything possible to return Madrid to winning ways regardless of the quality of the performance on the day.