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Real Madrid: 5 players who must shine against Osasuna

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Real Madrid will face Osasuna on Matchday 18 at El Sadar, expecting nothing less than the full three points.

After a disappointing 1-1 draw with Elche, Real Madrid got back to their winning ways with a 2-0 victory over a dangerous Celta Vigo side. Now, Los Blancos will face another relegation candidate in Osasuna, though a trip to snowy Pamplona could be a tricky one, especially with world-class right back Dani Carvajal suspended.

Let’s take a look at five players who must be at their best for Los Blancos in order for the club to obtain all three points at Osasuna.

CM Toni Kroos

Against teams with a low block, Toni Kroos is a huge key to victory, even if we tend to focus more on the attackers. Kroos is the main creative influence on the team with his switches of play, slipped through balls, and leadership on the ball. He is the cerebrum of the team, and so he is the one who must come up with the solutions on the ball, especially from a passing standpoint.

Additionally, you can’t underestimate the chances Kroos creates from set pieces. There are very few players in the world who are as adept at delivering the perfect corner or indirect free kick into the heart of the box. Kroos could be in line for a big game.

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