Zinedine Zidane's side will again be without club talisman Sergio Ramos, as the club look to take no risks with their captain's recovery ahead of the pivotal Champions League tie with PSG next month.
Despite Villarreal's solid defensive platform and resolve shown throughout the season, the lack of attacking threat they possess, exacerbated by Bakambu's departure, will hinder them. But if there is a player you want, is available and he gives you value, I don't see it bad, but I don't have that. The pity is the goal before half-time, and also a goal at the end. "We will do that by winning matches".
A half-empty Bernabeu was not impressed by the European Champions drawing against opponents who have only five top flight seasons across their entire history.
"I am exhausted of hearing that Madrid are bad, it is easy to say that everything is bad but you know that everything is not negative here", Zidane said in a press conference.
Los Blancos have won only two of their last six league matches, leaving them 16 points behind table-topping Barcelona with a game in hand, but the Frenchman has accused their critics of overlooking the positive aspects of their season so far. "With my players and staying relaxed, without problems".
Barca coach Ernesto Valverde insisted that despite the high-profile capture of Philippe Coutinho, who can't play for around three weeks due to a thigh injury, his team's character will not change with the Brazilian's arrival. What I think is that we have everything to move forward. His two goals against Celta mean he has now been involved in 11 goals in his last 13 games with seven goals and four assists.
Doubts have emerged over Hazard's future at Premier League champions Chelsea after his father claimed the 27-year-old Belgium star rejected the chance to extend his contract in order to wait for a possible offer from Madrid.
"I'm not going to go into the details".
"I can understand if fans think it is unusual [no signings]", Zidane said.
"That is how it is". "I'm enjoying what I do every day, because that's the way it is. I can not think two or three years down the line, as I know how it is here, even having a contract, which means nothing".