Leganes v Real Madrid preview: Zinedine Zidane's side aim to close gap
Last Updated: 21/02/18 8:02am
Real Madrid will be looking to make up ground on their La Liga rivals when they travel to Leganes on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports Football from 5.40pm.
Head coach Zinedine Zidane has found himself under pressure this term as last season's champions sit fourth in the table, 17 points behind runaway leaders Barcelona.
But Real have seen their form improve in recent weeks, beating Real Sociedad and Real Betis in the league either side of their Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain, and scoring 13 goals in the process.
They now have a chance to close the gap on Barcelona as they play their game in hand against 13th-placed Leganes.
"We're playing well at the minute," said Zidane. "We're showing what we can do and we want to continue with our good run. It's what we try to prepare for every week.
"The message is always the same but there are many factors that come into play. We know that everything is important to us - the Champions League and La Liga - because it's very important to finish as high as possible.
"We want to have continuity and we're doing much better lately. The second half against Betis was phenomenal.
"It's what will guide us to achieve good things this year. We have another game and hopefully we can win again."
Croatia midfielder Luka Modric is a doubt for the encounter after he missed training on Tuesday.
Zidane also hinted he may rest Cristiano Ronaldo for the clash, saying: "Cristiano has been playing 60 or 70 games for 10 years. He doesn't stop. There comes a moment when it's necessary for everyone to not play from time to time.
"He's better doing it this way and of course we talk about it."
Leganes were the victors when these sides last met in January, winning the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final tie 2-1 at the Bernabeu to knock Real giants out of the competition.
Boss Asier Garitano is keeping that victory in mind ahead of the clash.
He told his club's official website: "We know of the difficulty. We will have to play a great match but psychologically we have already been able to beat them - and that is important."
Watch Leganes v Real Madrid live on Sky Sports Football from 5.40pm on Wednesday