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Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid: 4 players Los Blancos need to watch out for

Sachin Bhat
ANALYST
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2.83K   //    22 Sep 2015, 19:36 IST

Following a cumbersome 1-0 victory over Granada, Spanish giants Real Madrid make a daunting trip to the north to take on Athletic Bilbao in the first set of midweek fixtures for the season. After having been held by the throat at home last weekend, Los Blancos bump into another stumbling block in Los Leones, who are having an erratic season which started off so emphatically when they thrashed Barcelona 4-0 in the Spanish Super Cup.The capital club will nonetheless be wary of their poor record at San Mames recently, having drawn and lost one in their last two visits there. But it is imperative for them this time to snatch a victory as they already trail Barcelona by two points and anything but a win in this game will leave them further behind in the early season standings.However, it won’t be all plain sailing for the visitors as they will have to contain a few players from the Basque outfit, which otherwise, might hamper their chances of getting three points. Here are four such players. 

#4 Aymeric Laporte

One of the most tantalizing budding talents in Spain, Aymeric Laporte has carved a niche at a tender age of 21. The France international moved to the Iberian Peninsula at the age of 18 in 2012 and has since earned a reputation.

The Bilbao no.4 has shown sparks of brilliance on numerous occasions in the past and has the potential to develop into one of the finest footballers in his position. He was one of the primary targets during the summer for Manchester United, but Laporte opted to stick to his guns and signed a new contract with the Basque outfit instead.

When Los Blancos surge towards goal, the Pamplona-born ace will be the most rugged and toughest defender they will encounter. The 21-year old has the experience of locking horns with some of the very best in the business and is never afraid of putting his body on the line for his side.

His aerial strengths and good reading of the game will enable him to throw a spanner in Real’s work, and so they need be on their guard while dealing with him. 

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