Time to put on the afterburners

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All eyes will be on the intensity, attitude and confidence of Real Madrid on Wednesday night as Osasuna visit the Santiago Bernabéu in LaLiga.

Los Blancos showed a much-improved performance to take a 1-0 victory away from Seville at the weekend and now madrididstas will be keen to see that result and performance was not just a one-off as Zinedine Zidane and his men target a place at the top of the table with victory over the newly-promoted club.

The three points against Julen Lopetegui’s side will count for nothing if Madrid fail to follow-up with another victory on home soil against a side they are expected to beat with ease, albeit a side arriving in the Spanish capital with an undefeated record since their return to the top flight.

Zidane will be targeting a jet-heeled start, eager to plant more confidence in a side that grew in stature in Andalusia on Sunday night. A confident, attacking performance will be demanded by those in attendance tonight.

Gareth Bale will miss out, failing to make Zidane’s 19-man squad and perhaps being rested for Saturday’s big Derbi match against Atlético, and Ferland Mendy is also absent through injury. That means Nacho is likely to take up a position on the left side of the Madrid defence, while Zidane will likely go for Lucas Vazquez or Vinicius Jr. in attack alongside the in-form Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard.

As well as three points and a positive performance, Zidane will also be keen for back-to-back clean sheets ahead of a much tougher proposition this weekend.

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