Against Osasuna next Saturday, Jose Mourinho will be facing a huge problem. With only 6 points margin to the second place Barcelona, Real Madrid need all the help to win every match left before the El Clasico. Unfortunately, it’s not supported by the condition of the players.
Apart from Pepe’s 1 match suspension left, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Coentrao and Xabi Alonso are in a high risk of getting one match ban due to card accumulation. All four of them can’t afford to get a single yellow card since they only need one more to get suspended. Ronaldo and Coentrao each collect 4 yellow in La liga, while both Ramos and Alonso already collect 9 yellow. To play them against Osasuna is a very risky thing since if anything happens to them, they could miss the next league match against Valencia.
Valencia is consider the toughest opponent besides Barcelona. Unfortunately, nothing can be done since after Valencia match, they also have another difficult match against Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon Stadium. So for Mourinho, his next task will be harder since he have to make smart decision on the players that need to be rested and played next Saturday.