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

Real Madrid coach Zidane confirms 'long' crisis meeting with players

Real Madrid coach Zidane confirms 'long' crisis meeting with players

It was a second successive draw for Zidane's men, and Barcelona's 3-0 win in the Bernabeu before Christmas means the away game with Numancia is their only win in their last four games.

Zidane insisted once again that he does not want reinforcements or signings in this winter football market, although Real Madrid is about to sign goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Real Madrid holds a three-goal advantage in their quarter-final Copa del Rey second-leg fixture with Segunda outfit Numancia on Wednesday.

"We are all in this together".

"I'm not happy with the situation", he said. Regular starters Casemiro and Isco entered the match in the second half.

"Some people may think that everything is always easy for me, that I do everything from instinct, but that's not true!"

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I played on five playoff teams. "Basically, a touchdown that they subtracted off of each game so shout out to that defense". He completed well under half his passes (23-of-49) for just 199 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

"I know I won't stay [in the job] for 10 years".

They are fourth in La Liga, 16 points behind leaders Barcelona, and they ended 2017 with a crushing 3-0 defeat at home in the El Clasico. "And I will continue to believe in what I do until they change me", he concluded. "We are all in the same boat, all responsible, and first of all me as coach".

"We've had two spectacular years; thank you for saying so".

Real Madrid must revert back to the midfield combination that brought them success last season, according to Spanish football expert Terry Gibson. Also, talks of Ceballos leaving to Liverpool are intensifying and I wouldn't be surprised if we add "idiotic decisions" to our list of mishaps this season by letting the player move on. "I am satisfied across the two games, and the players are too".

Whilst Zidane's refusal to break from the mould that delivered Los Blancos a first La Liga and Champions League double in 59 years has been questioned, much of the fault also lies at Perez's door.

Last season Madrid won the league as well as the Champions League, but the key to that triumph was the depth in their squad hence proper rotation resting players for key fixtures in Europe.

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