With words, Zidane tries to get Real Madrid back on track

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2018

The Colombia global was named on the bench for the Copa del Rey clash against Leganes on Wednesday but could feature at some point against Real Madrid. Lucas Vazquez scored both of Real's goals.

Real, who have not won the competition since 2014, also drew 2-2 in the second leg against Fuenlabrada of the third tier in the last round, having won the first game 2-0.

However, Madrid have been less than convincing this term despite winning the UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup and Supercopa de Espana - already 16 points behind runaway leaders and bitter rivals Barcelona in La Liga.

The weekend setback, coming in its first league game since the demoralizing 3-0 home loss to Barcelona past year, reignited talks of a crisis at the Spanish giant.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde insisted that despite the high-profile capture of Philippe Coutinho, who can't play for around three weeks due to a thigh injury, his team's character will not change with the Brazilian's arrival. Zidane said: "You can think of it as a bad game or whatever you want but we are convinced we will move forward".

Vázquez's first double in 109 appearances for the club was a rare bright spark in another game where Madrid lacked cohesion, objective and energy.

But Zidane has credit in the bank after guiding the team to an unprecedented five trophies in 2017 and contrary to reports emanating from Madrid and echoed in Barcelona no decision has been taken over his future.

Gareth Bale, who was rested in midweek, will return to the side after his two goals in Vigo and Zidane will hope his pace can inject some much needed energy into a side that looked flat a week ago.

"There are always hard times during the season, which is what you're trying to convey, but I don't think like that".

"For me, we are recovering things and we will [recover] with my players and staying relaxed, without problems".

"I am happy with those who played".

"I'm not going to point fingers at one or two people", he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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