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The 24-year-old midfielder has admitted that Los Blancos were made to look silly by Marcelo Bielsa's men during their clash at the Santiago Bernabeu back in January

Esteban Granero is extremely wary of the threat posed by Athletic Bilbao to Real Madrid's hopes of winning La Liga at San Mames on Wednesday night, admitting that the champions-elect had been "embarrassed" by their Basque rivals in the first half of their meeting in the Spanish capital earlier in the season.

Los Blancos defeated Marcelo Bielsa's side 4-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu in January but the final scoreline flattered the hosts, who were fortunate to have gone in at half-time level after Marcelo cancelled out Fernando Llorente's opener.

Consequently, while Madrid can clinch the title with a victory in the Basque country, Granero is not taking the three points for granted.

"They are a tough team and they embarrassed us at times at the Bernabeu, especially in the first half," the midfielder is quoted as saying by his club's official website. "As such, it will be a hard game.

"They have had a very good season and have taken a big step forward. Their coach [Bielsa] has helped them grow and they are a team of young and ambitious players."

However, Granero remains confident that Madrid, who have won their last four games in La Liga, can get the job done at San Mames and claim their first league title since 2007-08 with two rounds to spare.

"Lately we've been successful there and we will try to bring the three points back to Madrid," the 24-year-old stated.

"I've won many league titles as an amateur and now I want to celebrate one as a player. We are close, although we have not achieved anything yet."

Madrid's crunch clash with Athletic on Wednesday gets under way at 22.00CET.

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