Real Madrid entertain Levante in La Liga

Madrid, March 8: Real Madrid will look to maintain their lead at the top of the Spanish La Liga when they entertain Levante Sunday.

Juaquin Caparros-coached Levante are one of the toughest physical sides in Spain and Caparros knows how to get the most out of a limited budget, reports Xinhua.

Most sides find Levante hard to break down, although it is also true that if Madrid are able to open the scoring, their rivals probably lack the guile to get back into the game.

In order to break through what is certain to be a well organised defence, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti will once again be able to count on in-form Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

All of whom excelled in the midweek international fixtures.

Benzema has scored 15 goals this season and is thought to be close to signing an extension on his current contract.

With Isco and Jese Rodriguez, both of whom starred for Spain’s Under-21 side in midweek, this only highlights the firepower available to Real Madrid, who will also look to see what title rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, both of whom play Saturday, do.

Depending on those results, Real Madrid could kick off in third position in the table but the side’s confidence is currently sky high.

Meanwhile, Diego Lopez will continue in goal while the only doubts are whether Dani Carvajal or Alvaro Arbeloa will play at right back and Marcelo or Fabio Coentrao on the left.

IANS