As we know, domestic Real Madrid and Champions League Real Madrid are two entirely different entities.
Los Blancos’ indifference in La Liga this term means they’re set to relinquish their crown to Barcelona, but the current European champions are destined for another deep run in the competition that’s synonymous with the white of Madrid.
However, after finish the job against Liverpool in Europe, their attentions now return to domestic action either side of the March international break. They’ve still got plenty of work to do in chasing down Barcelona in both the league and their Copa del Rey semi-final.
Here’s who Real Madrid are taking on in their next six domestic games, with a Champions League quarter-final tie to soon to be adde to the mix on 11/12 and 18/19 April.
Real Madrid have been successful at the Camp Nou on their last two La Liga visits, and they must prevail again if they’re to have any chance of catching their Clasico rivals in the title race.
Real were victorious in the reverse fixture, but Barcelona’s advantage at the summit is a hefty nine points heading into the weekend’s clash.
Los Blancos host Real Valladolid upon their return from the international break. The visitors are in the middle of what looks to be a serious relegation dogfight in La Liga this season.
While they currently sit 14th in the table, they’re just two points clear of the drop. Remarkably, just 12 points separate 18th-place Getafe and sixth-place Villarreal. Nobody’s safe.
Real are unbeaten at the Bernabeu in La Liga this term, but they were frustrated by Valladolid in the reverse fixture before Karim Benzema struck twice in the final ten minutes.
The Copa del Rey hasn’t been among Real’s top priorities in recent years and they haven’t won the competition since 2014 – when Gareth Bale scored that goal against Barcelona.
However, they’ve returned to the semi-final stage this time around and they’ll be keen to add this trophy to their collection considering Barcelona’s current superiority in La Liga. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have some work to do if they’re to progress into the final, though, as they were beaten on home soil for the first time this season in the first leg at the start of March.
Barça will take a 1-0 lead into the return leg.
Villarreal’s form has perked up in recent weeks and former Barcelona manager Quique Setien will be hoping to guide the Yellow Submarine back into Europe. They’re currently on track to qualify for the Europa Conference League; a competition they’ll also fancy winning this season.
Setien oversaw Villarreal’s 2-1 victory over Los Blancos at the start of 2023.
Despite only picking up eight points from their last six games, the wild nature of La Liga this term means Cadiz are currently one of the more in-form teams in the division. That could all change by the time Real Madrid visit in mid-April, however.
Ancelotti’s side will be expected to prevail in this one, but Cadiz did upset Atletico Madrid on home soil earlier in the season and they’ve developed a knack for picking up draws.
Celta Vigo’s bright run of form has lifted them up to 11th in La Liga, but they’re just five points clear of the relegation zone. Thus, their status could change in the blink of an eye.
Real thumped Celta on Matchday 2 of the season, and while Ancelotti’s side have rarely made things look easy this term, they’ll be expected to cruise. Although, their Champions League commitments might complicate matters.