Malaga vs Real Madrid: Zidane to drop Ronaldo for LaLiga clash

Posted April 16, 2018

We did very well and we're in the semi-finals.' Real are fourth in the Liga standings and could be 18 points behind runaway leaders Barcelona by the time they play against Malaga.

The Galacticos progressed to the semi-finals by the skin of their teeth, nearly blowing a 3-0 first-leg lead against Juventus but ultimately going through thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's 97rd-minute penalty in Madrid to win 4-3 on aggregate.

Zinedine Zidane believes the negative reaction to Real Madrid's last-gasp win over Juventus has been "disgraceful, upsetting and deceptive", and borne out of jealousy towards the European champions.

Otherwise, Real's only injury problem concerns Nacho Fernandez, who is expected to miss all of April due to a thigh problem, per Marca.

Casemiro, though, is sure Isco should be a part of Madrid's long-term planning, the Spain star having pushed old side Malaga - who are bottom of the table - closer to relegation.

Captain Sergio Ramos was suspended for the visit of Juventus on Wednesday, but Real do not have any players banned this weekend.

Malaga (20th place; 17 points) is on the verge of being relegated, so this is a must win.

Due to the suspension of Malaga's Luis Hernandez, it will most likely fall upon the shoulders of fellow centre back Ignasi Miquel to keep Gareth Bale quiet on Sunday evening. As ever you can watch all the action Live & Exclusive via beIN SPORTS CONNECT.

Malaga have only won one of their 33 meetings versus Real Madrid in La Liga, 3-2 at La Rosaleda in December 2012.

After 31 rounds of La Liga, Real Madrid are not in the top three in the table for the first season this century. Karim Benzema is expected to start in attack.

A fine free-kick from the playmaker that curled away from Roberto Jimenez was the 25th set-piece goal scored by Madrid, more than any LaLiga club this season, giving Zidane's men a first-half lead.

Zinedine Zidane has never lost in his four meetings against Malaga as coach, winning three and drawing the other.