Spanish champions Real Madrid have, on Sunday, been handed a timely boost on the personnel front.
Blancos competing at home and in Europe
Zinedine Zidane’s men are of course in the midst of an absolutely crucial stretch of the campaign.
Los Blancos remain in the thick of the La Liga title picture, and played host to Real Betis on Saturday afternoon, desperate to keep pace with table-topping Atletico.
When all was said and done in the Spanish capital, however, a 0-0 stalemate saw Real’s hopes of retaining La Liga supremacy dealt a major blow.
That one-on-one save from Courtois 👏
The highlights as Real Madrid were held to a draw by Real Betis 🎥pic.twitter.com/rNeUWgIMSb
— Goal (@goal) April 24, 2021
Zidane and co., though, will need to put a damaging pair of points dropped quickly behind them, ahead of another crunch outing on Tuesday night.
This of course comes in the form of a Champions League semi-final first-leg meeting with Premier League giants Chelsea.
Real ousted English opposition in the competition’s last round in sending Liverpool packing, and will hope to do likewise against an impressively resilient Chelsea outfit led by Thomas Tuchel.
And, ahead of the fast-approaching showdown in Madrid, as outlined above, Los Merengues’ chances have today been boosted.
This comes after confirmation was forthcoming that a key member of Zidane’s squad has returned to first-team training.
The player in question? Toni Kroos.
Midfield metronome Kroos was forced to sit out all of Real’s last three outings, after picking up an adductor injury.
As revealed by Spanish outlet Marca, though, the German international linked up with his Blancos teammates on Sunday afternoon, and is, in turn, expected to be fit to feature from the off versus Chelsea.
— MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) April 25, 2021
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