That said, Sociedad have been in poor form, with eight losses and just two wins over their last eleven all-competitions matches dating back to late November.
Striker Willian Jose had hoped to be fit for Saturday's game, but the Brazilian misses out through injury along with attacking midfielder Adnan Januzaj and defender Carlos Martinez. That's what I came here for, to play good football and score goals, especially when we can count on players like Edi Cavani, Mbappé, Di Maria. "That's football - whoever your opponents they are there to make things hard for you", said Zidane after last week's disappointing 2-2 draw at Levante. "I'm sure of that".
Will it be odd to be playing against your old team at the Bernabéu wearing another team's shirt? Every player here is a quality footballer, we have an extremely strong squad and that's very important.
Former Madrid man Asier Illarramendi added a second consolation strike seven minutes from time to make the scoreline slightly more respectable for the travelling Basques, but the end result was a definitive victory for the capital side, who moved into third place ahead of Valencia.
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Chelsea forward Eden Hazard gave an exclusive interview to Marca, in which he was asked about moving to Real Madrid for the umpteenth time. Whatever might have happened in the past counts for nothing against Madrid.
In fact, they clinched a 5-0 win over Deportivo last week at the flawless time, because they were riding a four-game losing streak before that game.
All of which makes it seem a bit like Isco isn't quite a flawless fit for any of AS' supposed top suitors-too pricey for Bayern and Juventus, unlikely to accept Arsenal, a questionable fit for Klopp, and surplus to requirements for City just as he now seems to be at Madrid.
They haven't been doing so well in La Liga but one thing you can always say about Real Madrid for their history, is that you can never underestimate them - never.
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His players perhaps had a point to prove after their disastrous title defence suffered another setback last weekend when they conceded a late equaliser to draw 2-2 at Levante.
(Smiles). There is no secret.
"We have the immediate chance to do that on a stage like the Bernabeu against a team with great players". We have to be better defensively on Saturday on our own pitch.
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