Published: Sat, April 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Players futures not on the line, says Real Madrid boss Zidane

Players futures not on the line, says Real Madrid boss Zidane

The round of games kicked off on Tuesday with league leaders FC Barcelona surrendering a 2-0 lead, before then scoring 2 late goals to claim a 4-4 win in a chaotic and highly entertaining game away to Villarreal.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said he was with his players after Wednesday's 2-1 loss at Valencia - his first since returning to the Bernabeu bench - and that each defeat in this "difficult season" was painful.

"I can't blame the players for anything, they really tried hard".

Yuri opened the scoring for Athletic as early as the fifth minute and the hosts were 2-0 up in the 27th minute thanks to an own goal by Aitor Fernandez.

"We are going to spend a few months in which we will talk about many different topics".

Alexander Gorbachuk, 46, and a former European team champion, was also barred from accompanying players for competitions for six months, hence missing the world championships in Budapest in July. "But defeats always hurt". We needed a little bit more near the opposition goal. "This defeat is hard for us, we know we are not doing well but we must keep working". "We are going to leave no stone unturned". The team has been at a great level, we have been getting into the rhythm of the game. The players are ready to fight till the last and we want to end on a high in preparation for next season.

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For Zidane, after two opening victories, this was perhaps something of a reality check, even if Madrid s reappointed coach has insisted he is under no illusions regarding the task ahead.

This was reminiscent of the limp displays that have undone Madrid all season, blunt in the final third, too generous in defence and bereft of either snap or spark in midfield.

"We have a game at home against Eibar [on Saturday] - we've got to think about that game".

"He is doing well, it's Marcelo after all".

Zinedine Zidane likes Bailly, having seen him play during his last spell in La Liga, and Real have suggested him as a potential buy.

The Costa Rica worldwide has, however, started twice in three games since Zidane returned as manager last month.

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