Real Madrid v Villarreal - Preview and possible lineups

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Villarreal travel to the Bernabeu. EFE

Real Madrid v Villarreal - Preview and possible lineups

Patrick Power by Patrick Power @rfutbol - 3 +10k

Real Madrid host Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu as they look to get their La Liga bid back on track. Zinedine Zidane believes his players have responded positively to clear-the-air talks ahead of the clash.

"It's always about looking for positives," Zidane told a pre-match press conference. "I've seen a change in the team since our chat. Now we have to reflect that on the pitch."

"We're not struggling to find our play, we're just lacking the continuity we need to get our confidence back, and we can only find that by winning games."

Villarreal are sixth in La Liga, just four points behind Real and Zidane added: "Our concentration will be at 100 per cent because we're up against very good opposition, who are having a fantastic season. They have not lost many games."

Karim Benzema has resumed training following injury but will not be rushed back into action, while Sergio Ramos is expected to miss out.

Villarreal coach Javi Calleja will be without suspended defender Victor Ruiz for the trip to Madrid, while the likes of Bruno, Roberto Soriano and Andres Fernandez remain sidelined through injury.

Potential lineups: 

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco; Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Villarreal: Asenjo; Mario Gaspar, Álvaro, Bonera, Jaume Costa; Castillejo, Rodri, Trigueros, Fornals; Bacca and Unal.

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