Stoichkov can't see Neymar at Real Madrid

Iñaki Redondo

Iñaki Redondo

Zinedine Zidane's men have not scaled their usual heights this season and this was still not ideal, but they do look to be finding some form just in time for a potentially season-defining tie with the French side on Wednesday.

"We missed opportunities on counter attacks which are not missable at our level, with the final ball", Wenger said.

"He always has that mindset".

Both Manchester City and Liverpool have been linked with moves for Real Madrid's Isco this week but Zinedine Zidane has dealt them both a blow.

"He could have scored one or two more, and it augurs well for Wednesday".

Madrid have endured a hard campaign, sitting 19 points behind Barca in LaLiga, but are in the last 16 in the Champions League.

Nevertheless, a few changes can be expected, with the likes of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Marcelo likely to be rested.

The Belgian shot-stopper is widely considered to be one of the world's top goalkeepers and he has played a key role in Chelsea FC's most recent two Premier League title triumphs.

Cristiano Ronaldo got a hat-trick for the Los Merengues, while Lucas Vasquez and Toni Kroos were also on target for the home team.

And they appeared keen to make amends as they made a blistering start to take the lead inside 47 seconds. Jon Bautista and Asier Illaramendi netted consolation goals for Real Sociedad.

Former Galactico Ronaldo believes that Neymar would excel at Real Madrid, who have underperformed this season having been knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes and falling to fourth in the league, saying that his former side need the "best" players.

The 45-year-old's managerial achievements at Real have further enhanced his reputation as a club legend, which he earned during six seasons in Madrid as a player.

But they have been poor domestically this season. As long as we have a mathematical chance, that's why you come out with a game like that, where you know there is more at stake than just the derby.

"We have to correct certain things, especially in the second half, but I am left with the positive side, with the five goals and our start of the game".

Alaves extended its turnaround under coach Abelardo Fernandez by winning at fifth-place Villarreal 2-1.

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