It’s quite simple for Real Madrid at this late stage of the league season: win out, and La Liga is yours. Real Madrid enters Sunday’s match with Sevilla level with rival Barcelona atop the standings, but Los Blancos have one less match played and control their own destiny.
But to win the league, they can’t afford to slip up, and this match is the toughest remaining one the team has this campaign. Can Cristiano Ronaldo and company continue their strong form at home, or will they be looking ahead and resting players with two more league matches and the Champions League final to come?
The encouraging fact for Real Madrid is they are the only team to have scored six or more goals in a La Liga game against Sevilla in the last 10 years (three times).
Also this season Real Madrid won against Sevilla the UEFA Super Cup and they also knocked out them in the Copa del Rey.
Here’s how Zidane could line up his team on Sunday.
Keylor Navas will keep his place in goal after a fine performance against city rivals Atlético Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals mid-week.
Zidane should go for attacking impetus at full back with Brazilian’s Marcelo and Danilo keeping their places on the flanks, providing an edge going forward. Marcelo has cemented his place as the world’s best in his position this season with some outstanding displays.
Talisman and captain Sergio Ramos will be centre back alongside partner Raphaël Varane who offers the pace to cover. Danilo will be a replacement for usual right back Dani Carvajal, who is currently missing through injury.
The usual three in midfield, with Casemiro offering the vital protection in front of the back four.
German international Toni Kroos will link everything together from the base of the midfield, while Luka Modrić will pull the strings in the final third.
James Rodríguez should also be in contention after scoring five goals in his last four games, but will likely add more of a threat from the bench if needed.
After his fantastic run and set-up against Atlético, Karim Benzema should keep his place in the front three with Gareth Bale still injured.
Isco has been in fine form of late, offering a key link to support Cristiano Ronaldo, the Spaniard should keep his place ahead of exciting winger Marco Asensio who will be probably be introduced later in the game should the need arise.
Ronaldo will start on the wing but gradually drift into the centre as he has done all season, to devastating effect as he looks for his 21st La Liga goal.