Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has promised his side will fight for La Liga title right to the end, but admitted he can see both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid winning their five games remaining to deny his team any chance.The French boss has been forced to leave both Dani Carvajal and Gareth Bale out of his 19-man-squad for the Wednesday's game with Villarreal, but will see the returns of Sergio Ramos, Casemiro and Danilo. Pepe, meanwhile, is to be rested.
Los Blancos sit in third ahead of the visit of the Yellow Submarine, being just one point behind Atletico Madrid and Barcelona after a run of seven consecutive league victories. However, Zidane is still unsure about any title hopes as they need both Los Colchoneros and the Catalans to drop points in the five remaining games to have any chance of clinching the prize.
"I see them [Barcelona and Atletico] winning all their games, that's why we have to fight until the end," Zidane said in the press conference. "They are ahead of us in La Liga, firstly we must overtake Atletico and that's not going to be easy because they've got what it takes to win all of their games. There is no favourite, all three teams are".
Real Madrid are all still in the Champions League and the French boss left Sergio Ramos and Casemiro out of his squad, alongside the suspended Danilo, during the weekend's 5-1 victory over Getafe to keep them fresh ahead of the double tie with Manchester City. Zidane has welcomed the trio back in his 19-man squad for Villarreal but will need to make some changes in his line-up to cover the injuries of both Bale and Carvajal.
Asked about the club's chances of winning the double of the Champions League and La Liga, he replied: "We haven't won anything.
"We're in a good position. People are talking a lot but I don't like to listen. We've got the chance to fight for La Liga and the Champions League but we haven't won anything. The players think like me: [they are] focused on what we have to do in each game".
"We are capable of winning both titles and get closer every day, but that doesn't mean anything. We have to work hard and fight until the last game and the last minute. We are going to work hard, it's the only thing that I can guarantee. This is how we're thinking: only about the next game. Tomorrow it's Villareal, after that Rayo."