Zinedine Zidane urged Real Madrid's demanding fans to lay off Cristiano Ronaldo as the Real manager faces up to a mounting injury crisis on top of a congested fixture list.
Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos scored his 50th La Liga goal in their 2-1 win against Malaga on Saturday.
Sergio Ramos scores twice as Real Madrid edge past Malaga to be top of La Liga at the halfway stage of the season.
BARCELONA star Lionel Messi has reportedly contacted Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez.
Barcelona will be without captain Andres Iniesta for the trip to Eibar on Sunday due to a calf injury.
MANCHESTER UNITED and Chelsea face competition from Inter Milan to land Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, reports claim.
Manchester Utd face a battle to land top target Antoine Griezmann after Atletico Madrids president said they would fight to keep him.
The chasing pack face tough tasks in eating into Real Madrid's lead again this weekend, with the leaders having the ideal opportunity to keep their advantage.