Spotlight on Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale as Real Madrid train for Manchester City clash and Clasico - in pictures

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Real Madrid's Gareth Bale attends a training session at Valdebebas sport city in Madrid on the eve of the La Liga match against Levante. EPA

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, left, Casemiro, centre, and Thibaut Courtois during training. EPA

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, left, and Eden Hazard during training at the Valdebebas sport city. EPA

Real Madrid's Eder Militao during training at Valdebebas sport city on Friday. EPA

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema during training in Spain. EPA

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, centre, Karim Benzema, left, and Marcelo ahead of their match against Levant. EPA

Real Madrid's Vinicius Jr attends training at the Valdebebas sport city. EPA

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane attends training at the Valdebebas sport city on Friday. EPA

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos during training on Friday. EPA

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, centre, and Eden Hazard at the Valdebebas sport city. EPA

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane oversees training. EPA

Real Madrid's Marcelo at the training session. EPA

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Ajit Vijaykumar

Feb 21, 2020

February 21, 2020

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Real Madrid have an intense eight days ahead of them as they prepare to take on Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday before their Clasico against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

The fixtures have come at an interesting time for Real who conceded twice against Celta Vigo in the La Liga in their last game. The return of Eden Hazard from injury has only added to the work of manager Zinedine Zidane, because he has to now consider both Hazard and the out-of-favour Gareth Bale while planning for City and Barca.

Hazard made his first appearance since November 27 against Celta Vigo last weekend, winning a penalty in the second half and showing flashes of his old self.

"We're happy to have him back for what did during his 70 minutes – we know what he can give us," Zidane had said. "He played longer than expected because after three months out, we didn't want to go overboard.

"He brought a lot of attacking intent, especially for the second goal, so we're delighted to have him with us again."

Meanwhile, Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro said football fans need to appreciate Bale more and stop focusing on what he does away from the field.

"I'm a defender of Bale, he's an incredible player," Casemiro told radio station Onda Cero.

"People only talk about the bad things he does off the pitch, but they don't talk about what he does well, like the goals he scored in finals that won us trophies."

Updated: February 21, 2020 05:07 PM

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