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Real Madrid vs Eibar. Spanish La Liga.

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Real Madrid 1

  • G Bale (17th minute)

Eibar 1

  • F Rico Castro (6th minute)

Real Madrid v Eibar preview: Gareth Bale seeks consistency

Gareth Bale
Image: Gareth Bale seeks consistency as Real Madrid look to return to winning ways

Gareth Bale insists Real Madrid will need to be more consistent if they are to win their first La Liga title since 2012 ahead of Sunday's home game against Eibar.

The league leaders will look to return to winning ways following three consecutive draws, having conceded a late equaliser at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday after failing to beat Villarreal and Las Palmas.

Despite winning the Champions League twice during his time at the Bernabeu, Bale is hoping Real can go one better than last season domestically, when they finished one point behind rivals Barcelona.

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"We need to be more consistent", the Welshman was quoted by ESPN.

"We had a very good end of the season last year, but we need to be better at the start and in the middle.

"Ultimately, the most consistent team wins the league. We came very close last year - not close enough, but we're going to work harder as a team together. Hopefully, at the end of the season, we're lifting that trophy."

Barcelona moved within a point of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as the Catalans beat Sporting Gijon 5-0 while their rivals drew 2-2 at Las Palmas

Sergio Ramos is expected to be rested for Sunday's clash having played every minute of Real's season so far, while midfielder Casemiro remains sidelined as he recovers from a bone fracture in his leg.

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Marcelo has returned to light training following a muscle strain but the game against eighth-place Eibar is likely to come too soon.

Real will also be without midfielder Luka Modric, who has suffered a knee cartilage injury, the club have confirmed.

"Following tests carried out on Luka Modric, he has been diagnosed with an injury to the articular cartilage in his left knee," a statement said. "His recovery will continue to be monitored."

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