Real Madrid go up against fierce rivals Atletico in the Madrid derby later this afternoon (3.15pm).
Despite sitting two points clear of Barcelona at the summit, the Spanish giants' key stars are struggling.
Cristiano Ronaldo has endured a frustrating campaign, failing to hit the same heights as in previous seasons.
Though he has 19 La Liga goals for the campaign, arch nemesis Lionel Messi has netted eight more times.
Cristiano Ronaldo has endured a difficult campaign at Real Madrid
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It has previously been claimed that Madrid chief Florentino Perez is growing concerned over Ronaldo's form.
And Spanish outlet Don Balon claim the Real squad also feel he is not performing at his highest level.
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Other players worried about Ronaldo include youngsters Alvaro Morata, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez.
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Even experienced heads like Luka Modric and Toni Kroos harbour doubts over Ronaldo's current form.
The report says they have asked manager Zinedine Zidane to demote the Madrid No 7 to the bench in favour of playing those in better form.
Whether he does, or not, remains to be seen.