Varene, who scored in Real's Champions League victory over Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday, could be replaced by Sergio Ramos even though the Spaniard is one yellow card from a suspension.

This time around, Real Madrid host third division club La Cultural Leonesa, at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Copa Del Rey round of 32 on Wednesday night and will look to extend this run further and perhaps beat Ancelotti's record. "It's a game for us to forget because things didn't go as we wanted them to, but it is what it is. It's not easy to score a penalty at the Bernabeu".

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane feels Cristiano Ronaldo is back on top form after his double secured three points against Sporting Gijon.

Real Madrid are six points above Barcelona ahead of their trip to Nou Camp following the Catalans 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad on Sunday, November 27.

Sevilla finished the day second after a 2-1 home win over Valencia.

Ronaldo converted the penalty given in the 5 minute of the game when Lucas Vazquez was tripped in the penalty box by a Gijon defender. The Portuguese added his 10th league goal in as many games 13 minutes later as he nodded Nacho's brilliant cross past Diego Marino. "Other players are playing well, but he is also an important player for me".

However, their next La Liga game is the El Clasico against Barcelona and Zidane will be looking to get one up on his rivals as well.

However, that decision almost backfired as Nacho moved into central defence and quickly brought down Sporting substitute Victor Rodriguez inside the area.

Madrid never really took control thereafter and were left thankful that Duje Cop sliced a penalty wide with 12 minutes remaining. That defeat leaves the club sitting just 18 in the league and in need of a shock win this week if they are to steer clear of the bottom three prior to Christmas.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Malaga welcome Deportivo to La Rosaleda and Leganes go to Espanyol.


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