Real Madrid to miss Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale against Eibar

Real Madrid downed Eibar 4-1 on Saturday in La Liga without injured star Cristiano Ronaldo and the suspended Gareth Bale to put the pressure back on Barcelona atop the standings.

The 4-1 victory has pushed Real Madrid back on top of the league table, 2 points above their arch rivals Barcelona.

Zidane told the club's official website as "I have 24 players and my message has always been the same since I arrived: everyone is important".

The lead was doubled just under 10 minutes later as Benzema grabbed his second of the game by turning home James Rodriguez's from close range.

Real Madrid will now travel to Napoli on Tuesday night looking to secure their spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, before returning to La Liga action at home to Real Betis on March 12.

Barca top the La Liga standings on 60 points, one ahead of Real, while third-placed Sevilla, on 55, visit Alaves on Monday.

"They have weapons at their disposal which are beyond us with our budget, but in these games you forget all about that".

"It is very different to English football in terms of style and then you have the levels of scrutiny and attention, especially if you are at Real Madrid".

He praised Bale for making a success of his Madrid switch after revealing how hard it is for players who swap the Premier League for La Liga, having won trophies alongside English heroes Michael Owen and Steve McManaman.

Swansea City boss Paul Clement admitted he was surprised to see Gareth Bale being sent off for Real Madrid in midweek. They will have to do it without their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, however. "We have been poor in the first half of the last three or four games", the Frenchman added. "He was playing for Getafe two days ago", then-Real boss Mourinho angrily responded when pressed on Leon's lack of first-team opportunities.

"But we must recognise that they are the favourites because they are one of the best sides in the world". "As with all games, we know the challenges that lie in wait at this ground, it is a tough place to go".

Vanessa Coleman

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