REAL MADRID’S stars were in relaxed mood ahead of their critical La Liga clash against Valencia on Saturday.
Los Blancos can temporarily reclaim top spot with victory at the Bernabeu, although Barcelona would overtake them again on goal difference if they defeat Espanyol later in the evening.
The pressure was on Zinedine Zidane’s side after their 3-2 El Clasico setback last weekend courtesy of Lionel Messi’s late wonder strike.
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But they bounced back in style in midweek as they hammered Deportivo La Coruna 6-2.
And that result looks to have done the trick as they appeared to be in a playful mood as they wound put the finishing touches to their plan to overcome Valencia.
Zidane took charge of the session and he welcomed back key defender Pepe after his absence two days ago through injury.
Gareth Bale was nowhere to be seen as he recovers form his own injury setback, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos are set to return to the starting line-up after being rested in midweek.
Club captain Sergio Ramos, who was sent-off against Barcelona last weekend, is back after serving his one-match ban against Deportivo.
Madrid’s title hopes rest in their own hands despite the crushing setback against their bitter rivals Barca.
They can go three points clear of their foes should they win their game in hand, and judging by the scenes at training, they seem pretty confident they can finish the job.