Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Eden Hazard to Real Madrid

Eden Hazard to Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane has hit out at the negativity that surrounds news about Real Madrid and said it is only because it sells better. "That's when things are analysed, and if you should make changes, you make changes". Everything being said about Real Madrid these days is negative, and I do not see things like that, as many do not. Stating that the things would remain as they are now and that the contract doesn't guarantee anything, Zidane said that the contract doesn't change anything. I don't see it like that. We are still alive in all competitions and we have to keep moving forward.

Out-of-sorts Real Madrid desperately need to return to winning ways after several disappointing results, but they will not have an easy job against revived Villarreal.

Real Madrid fielded an nearly unrecognisable team and struggled into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday after a 2-2 draw against second division Numancia. All the questions, things you think about bad play or whatever, it could be. "It's hard, but nowadays everything that is said about Real Madrid is negative, and I don't see it that way, we're not that bad", he told reporters. So too has Real's form, and unless Zidane can whip his team into shape again, his time in charge could prove to be as short as it was successful.

Villarreal grabbed one back just before half time, when Mario Gaspar blasted his first time shot into the net.

And so news that the pair will resist the overtures of La Liga will come as welcome relief for Chelsea's board, management and supporters.

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The 57-year-old was linked with the role before Zidane's appointment in 2016 but opted to remain with Die Mannschaft.

"You always get something positive from these conversations", he said.

'However, we have to be calm and use good sense. Looking at their previous meetings in Madrid, we expect the trend of low-scoring games to continue. Ronaldo and boys ideally should win the game but they have conceded 9 of their last 13 home league games. "We will go little by little but we won't risk him and we want him to be at 200%". 'I think Thibaut first.

Karim Benzema is also sidelined with a hip problem and is not expected back until later in January, per Marca's Pablo Polo.

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