Real Madrid have five finals in December

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December promises to be a pivotal month in Real Madrid’s season, the month contains five matches that can realistically be categorised as finals, as well as the club having the opportunity to play for a title in the final month of the calendar year.

Los Blancos have endured a dismal domestic campaign thus far; Barcelona’s lead over the defending champions is now at eight points although few within Valdebebas view the challenge as impossible.

A change in fortunes must come quickly, that much is understood, and December provides a unique chance for Zinedine Zidane’s charges to turn their season around.

There are three LaLiga matches and two Club World Cup games in Abu Dhabi, provided the Spanish giants reach the final of that tournament.

Athletic Club are the first opponents in December on Saturday with the Estadio San Mames set to be a cauldron of noise for the visit of the defending champions.

History isn’t kind to Real Madrid in this particular stadium, in the last four visits the club have only taken seven points from a possible 12.

Following that clash, Borussia Dortmund arrive in the Spanish capital although with Los Blancos already qualified and unable to win the group, that much is the definition of a dead rubber.

Fortunately for the French coach this situation will allow him to rest several key senior players with Sevilla visiting the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu just days later.

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Revenge will be on the minds of all those associated with the Madrid club after the Andalusians ended the club’s 40 match unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory in the 2016/17 season.

Courtesy of their repeat Champions League triumph, Real Madrid will once again be whisked on a week-long trip away from Spain, last season it was a great way of building squad togetherness and there remains hope it will have the same binding impact this year.

The Club World Cup final is set to take place on December 16 and if Los Blancos aren’t to lift this trophy then one would imagine that something quite extraordinary would have taken place.

Whilst winning a trophy is never to be looked upon with distaste, logistically the tournament is set to be a nightmare for Zidane and his staff.

Just a week after that final, Barcelona are the visitors for the biggest match of the season and there is absolutely no room for error here. It is understood in Valdebebas that to win LaLiga, the club must beat the Blaugrana in both of their league encounters.

Victories against these three teams could see momentum build in Madrid, something that will be vitally important heading into the winter break where the club could reinforce their squad.

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