Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has closed ranks ahead of Saturday's La Liga game at home to Villarreal, suggesting that media criticism of his team's recent performances was unfair and damaging. "That's when things are analysed, and if you should make changes, you make changes". "I accept what is being said, but there are lots of positive things coming out of this team at the minute".
"What we have to do is not listen to what they [the media] say", he said. I don't see it like that.
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Madrid is in the knockout stages of the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, but it already trails Barcelona by 16 points with a game in hand near the halfway point of the Spanish league.
"When a player is bad, I will help him". I can not look two or three years ahead because having the contract does not mean anything."We're always going to get criticism but we're going to try to change this situation", he said.On Wednesday, as if to emphasize results are not going the way of the glamor club, Real drew 2-2 at home to second division Numancia the the second-leg of their Copa del Ray quarterfinal clash - they won the first-leg 3-0.
However, Zidane has said he does not plan to strengthen in the January transfer window and he trusts his current squad, per beIN Sports.
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They are unbeaten since the defeat to Tottenham at Wembley in October however and have won twelve of their last 17 games. Watford (+135) is in a funk with one win in six league fixtures, but Southampton (+195, +230 draw) is winless in nine.
However just before half time, Numancia hit back through Guillermo.
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.
There are rumors floating around Spain claiming that Zinedine Zidane's days are numbered as a new manager is set to take charge of the reigns next season.. We need our fans. "Then you must show it on the pitch".
"However, we have to be calm and use good sense". That comes from winning games. Los Blancos are determined to stay in the race for the title and this has to go down as a must-win game as any slip ups from hereon will make life hard for the reigning champions. We must find our best form if we want to go through [v PSG].
"I think Thibaut first".
That also means a return for Dani Carvajal at right-back, but Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema are still injured.