Athletic Club vs Real Madrid Key game in the title race
Meetings between Real Madrid and Athletic Club date back right to the start of LaLiga itself, 91 years ago.
On every visit to San Mames, Los Blancos will have noted the difficulty of playing against such a supportive home crowd – but not this time.
Sunday afternoon will see the two sides renew acquaintances as the hosts go after European football and the visitors after the LaLiga Santander title.
Real Madrid have the chance to pile the pressure on Barcelona ahead of their visit to Villarreal later on Sunday evening.
A win for Los Blancos in Bilbao would take them seven points clear of their rivals at the top of the table and, given the Catalans’ recent away form, that could be a decisive advantage.
However, if Real Madrid don’t beat Athletic, it will open the door to Barcelona and given them renewed energy to mount a challenge in the title race.
While all the noise follows the Blaugrana, Zidane and his squad aren’t getting ahead of themselves.
“We haven’t won anything. There are still five games to go,” he said on Saturday.
Having taken 11 points from a possible 18 since their return to action, Athletic have entered the race of the European places in LaLiga Santander.
Gaizka Garitano‘s side are just two points behind seventh-place Real Sociedad in the table but face their toughest test on Sunday.
Athletic have only beaten Real Madrid once since they started playing at the new San Mames and their last goal against Los Blancos, home or away, came in September 2018.