Zinedine Zidane will go with his best XI eleven to Vigo and Malaga, but Cristiano Ronaldo, Isco and Lucas Vazquez are just one yellow card away from suspension.
The trio will play in the match against Celta but under threat of missing the trip to the Estadio La Rosaleda.
Of particular concern is the situation of the Portuguese.
Against Sevilla he was already close to being admonished by the referee after a clash with Clement Lenglet.
It would be a huge blow for Real to lose Ronaldo for the final league game, as it would if Isco were to befall the same fate.
Zidane knows that he needs to stick to what he’s done well so far. An amazing 20 players in the squad have featured in at least 1,000 minutes of football this season, something unprecedented and that shows how inclusive his method has been.
The rotation policy implemented by the French manager has allowed key factors such as Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo to arrive in these final matches in spectacular shape, as they’ve both rested longer than in any previous term at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Therefore, the rotations will continue, at least in Vigo. We’ve recently seen some cracks in the fantastic atmosphere between coach and squad, as Alvaro Morata stormed off the pitch when he was subbed against Sevilla, while James Rodriguez clearly bid farewell to Bernabeu when he was replaced in the same match.
While Morata is obviously unhappy for his lack of minutes and could look elsewhere to get a starting job with another top club, James seems destined to the red side of Manchester, as various statements from people close to the player have insinuated since this week started.
Complaints and frustration were bound to appear, but Zidane won’t change his approach, although that may very well cost him when trying to put together a squad as deep as this one for the next season.
The bench’s depth and his rotations have been the key to the team’s good form in the final matches of the season, but if Morata and James leave, those rotations look a lot more difficult in both midfield and the front trio.