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Cristiano Ronaldo will be rested, while Alvaro Morata and Gareth Bale miss out through suspension, so there is a distinct possibility Isco and James Rodriguez will find themselves back in the same XI against Eibar at Estadio Ipurua on Saturday.

The French coach has usually chosen one or the other, but on certain occasions has ventured for both at the same time if he seeks to emphasise their possession game.

Who will feature on both of Benzema's flanks remains unclear, as Zidane will most likely still stick with his 4-3-3.

Only once have the Spanish and Colombian playmaker played together in the same starting XI in LaLiga, in a match that came against Deportivo.

Nonetheless, they did join forces twice against Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey.

Even looking back to previous seasons, the two have only played together in seven matches for a total of 230 minutes.

In Zidane's eyes, both No. 10s play a similar function, like to occupy the same spaces, play the same type of balls, and are creative playmakers that are interchangeable.

Still, circumstances could force Zidane's hand, although he could always choose only one of them and opt for the trusty Lucas Vazquez or the somewhat sidelined Marco Asensio instead.

Bale banned for two games

The Competition Committee has banned Real Madrid's Gareth Bale for two games after his sending off in the match against Las Palmas.

The Welsh received a direct red card after a push on Viera in and will misse the games against Eibar and Real Betis.

Los Blancos will appeal the sanction to the Appeal Committee.

Cristiano Ronaldo out of Eibar clash

Real Madrid were already travelling to Eibar without Gareth Bale or Alvara Morata beacause of suspsension, but Cristiano Ronaldo has now also been ruled out.

The Portuguese striker did not train with the rest of his teammates in the last session at Valdebebas but Zinedine Zidane was keen to point out in his pre-match press conference that it was nothing to worry about.

Now that the confirmation has been received that Ronaldo definitely won't make the trip, the Frenchman will have to field a much-changed strike force at Ipurua on Saturday afternoon.

10 players waiting for Luis Enrique's successor to clarify their Barcelona future

 

Choosing the right man for the job is sure to have widespread affects on the Barcelona squad as a whole, as not only will a new coach signal a new direction, but it might redefine who stays and goes at the club.

The board are already looking for replacements, and here are 10 players who will be on the lookout to see who is brought in:

1. Aleix Vidal

A possible sale is on the cards. Right when he was most enjoying his Blaugrana football, a long-term injury threw it all into question. Over the summer, a right-back will be the number one priority, which would make Vidal a likely exit for the club.

2. Andre Gomes

He's become a scapegoat of sorts, but truth be told, he has failed to live up to his 35 million euro pricetag. A player in Luis Enrique's image, his spot in the Barcelona midfield is all but certain.

3. Arda Turan

He has turned down offers from China before, but they may insist on the Turkish star.

4. Denis Suarez

He has met expectations in his first season. But his second season under a new coach will be what really determines if he has what it takes to lead a new generation of Barcelona midfielders.

5. Ivan Rakitic

His form has been questionable and Luis Enrique even dropped him out of the gala XI. Can he recover?

6. Jeremy Mathieu

Can his fitness keep up? His contract ends in 2018 and he may be sold earlier to try to get at least a little bit of cash.

7. Jordi Masip

New coach will have to set out his goalkeeper policy as to who should play each competition. The third string may look elsewhere if playing time isn't guaranteed.

8. Paco Alcacer

Hasn't found minutes or the back of the net. Can he continue on like this?

9. Rafinha

Luis Enrique put a lot of trust in him. Will his successor do the same?

10. Sergi Roberto

He filled in well at right-back but it isn't clear yet where he'll play. Will he be good enough for a return to midfield?

Choosing the right man for the job is sure to have widespread affects on the Barcelona squad as a whole, as not only will a new coach signal a new direction, but it might redefine who stays and goes at the club.

The board are already looking for replacements, and here are 10 players who will be on the lookout to see who is brought in:

1. Aleix Vidal

A possible sale is on the cards. Right when he was most enjoying his Blaugrana football, a long-term injury threw it all into question. Over the summer, a right-back will be the number one priority, which would make Vidal a likely exit for the club.

2. Andre Gomes

He's become a scapegoat of sorts, but truth be told, he has failed to live up to his 35 million euro pricetag. A player in Luis Enrique's image, his spot in the Barcelona midfield is all but certain.

3. Arda Turan

He has turned down offers from China before, but they may insist on the Turkish star.

4. Denis Suarez

He has met expectations in his first season. But his second season under a new coach will be what really determines if he has what it takes to lead a new generation of Barcelona midfielders.

5. Ivan Rakitic

His form has been questionable and Luis Enrique even dropped him out of the gala XI. Can he recover?

6. Jeremy Mathieu

Can his fitness keep up? His contract ends in 2018 and he may be sold earlier to try to get at least a little bit of cash.

7. Jordi Masip

New coach will have to set out his goalkeeper policy as to who should play each competition. The third string may look elsewhere if playing time isn't guaranteed.

8. Paco Alcacer

Hasn't found minutes or the back of the net. Can he continue on like this?

9. Rafinha

Luis Enrique put a lot of trust in him. Will his successor do the same?

10. Sergi Roberto

He filled in well at right-back but it isn't clear yet where he'll play. Will he be good enough for a return to midfield?

With Barcelona setting their sights on making Champions League history next week, UEFA believe there is absolutely no hope of the Catalan club doing so.

Never before in the history of the competition has a side overcome a 4-0 first leg deficit to qualify for the next round.

However, that is the challenge of Luis Enrique's side as they prepare to host Paris Saint-Germain at the Camp Nou.

Based on previous precedents, UEFA have issued a new study which claims that there is a 0 percent chance of Barcelona overturning the score and upsetting the odds.

As far as the statistics are concerned, Angel Di Maria's double and goals from Julian Draxler and Edinson Cavani have already eliminated Barcelona from the competition.

There have been 58 previous occasions in the Champions League when a team has held a four-goal lead at the halfway stage and on no occasion has the underdog prevailed.

History awaits Barcelona on March 8 if they can pull off the seemingly impossible and take their place in the record books.

According to the statistics gathered by UEFA, reigning champions Real Madrid have the best chance of any Spanish team of reaching the next round.

It is 98.8 percent likely that they won't make a mess of their 3-1 lead against Napoli, while Atletico Madrid are 96.6 percent likely to join them after a 2-1 win over Leicester City at home.

Sevilla's chances are rated at 51.1 percent.

Zidane: For me the word crisis doesn't exist

Despite a downturn in results of late, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has played down any talk of a crisis at the club.

A Copa del Rey exit was followed by defeat against Valencia and a draw against Las Palmas, which has resulted in Real slipping to second in the LaLiga table.

However, with a tough fixture away to Eibar awaiting Los Blancos on Saturday, the Frenchman was insistent that the vibe at the club remained positive.

"There is too much negativity but as always when you don't get the right result, that happens at this club," Zidane told reporters.

"We want to be positive and focus on the things that we can do better. We know what we have to do and we are determined to do it.

"For me, the word crisis doesn't exist. Every three days you have the chance to do better."

Given that his side are coming off the back of an energy-sapping midweek fixture against Las Palmas, a large part of which was played with 10 men, Zidane also hinted that he could be set to rotate against Eibar, who he expects to make things difficult for his side.

"I will always say the same thing [about rotation] and that is that I have 24 players and they are all important," he continued.

"That isn't going to change. Sometimes I have to make decisions.

"Sometimes guys are left out, others are going to be on the bench and that will always be the case while I am here.

"Against Eibar, we hope to play a good game for 90 full minutes. We know the difficulty that they pose to any team when they are at home but we will be ready, like we are for every game."

Zidane also expressed his condolences to the family of club legend Raymond Kopa who passed away on Friday, and confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo's absence from training was nothing to worry about.

Fernando Torres is discharged from hospital: Fortunately it was just a scare

After sustaining suspected head trauma sustained during Thursday's 1-1 draw at Deportivo La Coruna, Fernando Torres has been discharged from hospital.

Torres, on as a second-half substitute, fell face down on the pitch in the 85th minute after challenging for the ball with Deportivo's Alex Bergantinos and required urgent treatment.

Bergantinos and new Deportivo coach Pepe Mel, who both visited Torres in hospital, also confirmed that the striker was well and happy.

"Good news," Atletico said on their official Twitter account. "Torres has undergone a cranial and cervical CT. There are no alterations nor traumatic injuries. He is conscious and lucid."

Torres, who has played for Liverpool and Chelsea in the English Premier League and scored the winning goal for Spain in the 2008 European Championship final against Germany, said he hoped to make a quick return to action.

"Many thanks to all for worrying about me and for your messages of support. It's just been a scare. I hope to come back very soon," the striker said on Twitter.

 
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