The opportunity to finish second in La Liga is still open for Madrid, who are four points off second-placed Atletico on the same number of matches. In truth, though, the club will just want to get through the remainder of the season with minimum fuss before preparing for a huge summer transfer window.
There is no getting away from the fact that Los Blancos need to spend big this summer. Eden Hazard will reportedly arrive from Chelsea, but president Florentino Perez needs to bring in two or three big-name players to ensure that his team are challengers for the major trophies next season.
Madrid did reach the semi-finals of this season's Copa del Rey, but they were dumped out of the Champions League by Ajax in the round of 16 and currently sit 13 points off La Liga leaders Barcelona. Nine league defeats at this stage is simply not good enough for a team of Los Blancos' ilk.
Results have been quite good since Zidane returned as head coach - winning three of their five league matches. Los Blancos lost at Valencia on April 3, however, and were held by Leganes on Monday night. There are a lot of problems that need to be addressed ahead of the 2019-2020 campaign.
In terms of what is ahead, the capital outfit will end the month with trips to Getafe and Rayo Vallecano, before welcoming Villarreal at the start of next month. Madrid will then travel to Real Sociedad and welcome Real Betis in their final two matches of the season.
The European champions have won 11 of their 16 home league matches this season but have also lost four times. Bilbao's away record this term has not been the best, but it is certainly worth noting that Madrid have not beaten the Basque outfit in a La Liga game at the Bernabeu since October 2016.
When all is said and done this season, whether Madrid finish second or third is not too important. It is vital that the club get things right this summer, though, otherwise there will be more struggles next season.
Recent form: WWWLWD
Recent form (all competitions): WWWLWD
On a run of four wins from their last five league matches, Bilbao will be full of confidence heading into this weekend's clash in the Spanish capital. The Basque outfit shaded a five-goal thriller against Rayo Vallecano last time out and currently sit seventh in the table heading into Week 33 in Spain's top flight.
Just three points separate Bilbao from sixth-placed Valencia, while Gaizka Garitano's side are actually only six points off the top four. It is going to be tough to finish in the Champions League positions, but a win this weekend would certainly hand the club huge confidence in their pursuit of a European finish.
The 2017-18 campaign proved to be hugely disappointing for Bilbao as they finished down in 16th. It is worth remembering that they posted fourth as recently as 2013-14, though, and finished seventh, fifth and seventh in three straight seasons between 2014 and 2017.
Madrid (9) have lost more league games than Bilbao (8) this season. Meanwhile, only Valencia (16) have drawn more fixtures than the Basque club (13). There is a makings of a really good team, but their restrictions in the transfer market makes it very difficult to keep moving forward.
Bilbao have had a number of impressive performers this season, but Inaki Williams has been their star. The 24-year-old has managed 12 La Liga goals during the 2018-19 campaign and certainly has the ability to cause Madrid all sorts of problems at the Bernabeu this weekend.
As mentioned above, Bilbao's away form this season has not been the best - winning just three of their 15 games on their travels; that is in contract to their home form, which has seen them lose just twice.
It is certainly not beyond the Basque side to make a late push for the top four, but they probably have to win this weekend if that is going to be the case, which would lead them nicely into their next two matches away to Leganes and at home to Alaves before the end of the month.
Recent form: DWWWLW
Recent form (all competitions): WDWWLW
Toni Kroos is still recovering from illness, though, and it seems unlikely that the Germany international will be involved against the Basque club.
As for Bilbao, Mikel San Jose is available once again after missing the clash with Rayo last weekend through suspension.
Raul Garcia, meanwhile, is again expected to feature in an attacking midfield role.
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Ceballos; Asensio, Benzema, Vazquez
Athletic Bilbao possible starting lineup:
Herrerin; De Marcos, Alvarez, Martinez, Berchiche; San Jose, Benat; Cordoba, Garcia, Muniain; Williams
Head To Head
Each of the last three league meetings between the two teams have finished level, including 1-1 draws at San Mames earlier this season and the Bernabeu in the corresponding match last term.
The last time that Los Blancos beat Bilbao on home soil was back in October 2016, but the Basque outfit have not triumphed at the Bernabeu in 14 years.
We say: Real Madrid 1-1 Athletic Bilbao
We are finding it hard to separate the two teams this weekend. Madrid, on paper, should be favourites, but the capital outfit are not a cohesive unit at the moment and Bilbao are certainly capable of picking up a point.