Zinedine Zidane learned his lesson of using an XI full of stars without balance against top opponents. He'll need it vs. Barcelona, too.
Raphael Varane has returned to training with Real Madrid -- while early doubts over the fitness of Cristiano Ronaldo have been misguided.
What's wrong with Barcelona? Underperforming players and unfamiliar goal droughts have halted Luis Enrique's men in their tracks recently.
"It's a very important match and I know that the fans will respond," said Pique headed into the Clasico vs. Real Madrid.
Alba is a major doubt for the game against Real after tests revealed he is suffering from severe bruising to his fibula and knee.