UEFA Champions League match report Real Madrid v Leganes 28 April 2018


Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his team were ready for their "game of the year" in Tuesday's Champions League semifinal return against Bayern Munich, speaking after Saturday afternoon's uninspiring 2-1 La Liga victory at home to neighbours Leganes.

However, Gareth Bale remained an unused substitute on the night, just as he did when the Galacticos faced Juventus in the first leg of the previous round of the competition.

Gareth Bale reportedly wants to stay at Real Madrid and won't attempt to force a move away from the club, despite being "extremely frustrated" by his lack of game time.

Madrid took an early lead when Gareth Bale scored with acrobatic effort that creeped over line, after Karim Benzema's shot was saved.

However, Los Legionarios were unable to take advantage of their ascendancy, and much to the dismay of captain Gabriel, who was shown a red card after the final whistle following an altercation with the referee, the clash ended with Los Blancos claiming all three points.

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Real are third in the league on 71 points, 12 behind runaway leaders Barcelona and one behind second-placed Atletico Madrid. "That is the most important thing, to get back up to speed with the team".

Upfront, Cristiano Ronaldo is another player likely to be rested, while Marco Asensio should be rewarded for his game changing performance on Wednesday with a start against Leganes.

Real Madrid are now playing against Leganes in La Liga as Zidane's club have a two nothing lead over their rivals.

Isco and Dani Carvajal miss out too as they sustained shoulder and hamstring injuries respectively in last week's first leg 2-1 win over Bayern.

Chelsea are also on the lookout for fresh attacking talent, although doubts over the future of boss Antonio Conte have seen them put talk of any transfers on hold for now.