Real Madrid will look to keep pace with runaway pair Barcelona and Atletico Madrid when they face second bottom Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side bounced back from their El Clasico defeat to Barcelona last weekend with a 7-3 thrashing of Seville last time out.
The score line, while emphatic flattered Real somewhat especially as Seville had comeback from 3-0 down to make it 3-2.
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In the end Real scored four second half goals to seal the win and stay 6 points off top spot.
The midweek clash finally saw Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid career kick into gear midweek with the former Spurs man scoring two and setting up two for Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Welshman impressed throughout and has vowed to get even better as his fitness improves.
“I felt good and I played the whole match,” he told the club’s official website. “I have to keep getting better and work hard to be 100 per cent as soon as possible.
“It’s been a great night and was important for my fitness level. We played very well and hopefully we’ll have more matches like this in the future.
“Right now I have to keep getting better and work hard and I’ll try to be 100 per cent as soon as possible.”
Bale will be hoping to make his third start in a row against the strugglers while another whose season has been interrupted by injury, Xabi Alonso, will be hoping for a first start.
The Spanish star returned to the Real midfield in the second half of the Seville game following five months on the sidelines and could return to the starting line-up this weekend.
Asier Illarramendi is the man likely to make way for Alonso and the 23 year old has admitted that Real are better team with the former Liverpool star in the side.
“He is important for us; he has been here for a long time and has always been important,” said Illarramendi.
“There will be more competition and that is good for the team and helps us all to improve. We have a match every three days and we will have to rotate to get rest.
“The important thing is carry on as we are whoever plays.”
Vallecano meanwhile are currently second bottom of the table and have lost their last two games with the concession of 6 goals.
In all Paco Jemez’s side have conceded 27 goals, the worst in the division and with Bale and Ronaldo in such flying form that tally looks set to increase this weekend.