Zinedine Zidane has urged Real Madrid to secure a victory in their Champions League "final" with Borussia Dortmund, in order to clinch top spot in Group F. The French boss also confirmed that Toni Kroos and Alvaro Morata are ready to return to action, with Gareth Bale the only first-team player left on the sidelines. Nacho, Fabio Coentrao, Mateo Kovacic and Mariano have also been left out of the 19-man squad for technical reasons.
Los Blancos are currently second in Group F, but a victory would see them go through the last 16 of the competition as group leaders, as they are only two points behind Thomas Tuchel's side.
Some have suggested in recent days that Real Madrid would rather finish second to avoid the likes of Bayern Munich and Manchester City in the last 16. But Zidane has insisted that the Champions League winners will make every effort to win the game as they want to top their group.
"We are going to play it like a final, a group final. We're playing at home and we want to have a great game tomorrow. We will not overthink things, just play the game with intensity and try to finish first. We will prepare for the game well and look how to cause them problems," the Real Madrid boss said in his press conference ahead of the game. "We must concentrate, play with intensity and look for an early goal. We play every three days and it's important to me that all the players are ready to play. Everyone is focused and it will be a game that will take a lot out of us physically. The important thing is to have a great game. We can't think about the possibilities. We have an important match and it's always our objective to finish first in the group."
The French boss is expected to make few changes to his line-up following the 1-1 draw at Barcelona in the first El Clasico of the season. Kroos and Morata may have a chance to play from the start or in the second half as both are now available following a prolonged spell on the sidelines.
The German international suffered a "avulsion fracture of the base of the fifth metatarsal in the right foot" during the 3-0 victory over Leganes earlier on November while Morata is yet to play a game since picking a hamstring issue days later while on international duty with Spain.
"Everyone is fine except Gareth. [Kroos and Morata] are training with the group and are available for the team. Fábio [Coentrão] is good and available to the team. They are all in good shape physically," Zidane confirmed, although he eventually left the Portuguese defender out of his 19-man squad.
Casemiro made his comeback last week in the Copa del Rey encounter with Cultural Leonesa and could be ready to start against Dortmund. However, Kovacic, who covered the position during Casemiro's absence, has been rested ahead of the La Liga encounter with Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday (10 December).