Real Madrid failed to take advantage of La Liga leaders' Barcelona's 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Saturday as they were held to a goalless draw at Athletic Bilbao, while Atletico Madrid profited by beating Real Sociedad 2-1. Los Blancos did not want to step up talks over the custodian before their weekend visit to San Mamés, to avoid a situation of acute tension between player and home fans. The problem, Zidane noted, is that his side are not scoring the late goals that last season so often turned one point into three.
Zidane clearly has little faith in his bench and has made almost half his changes this season after the 75th minute. However, goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez either side of halftime put Barca in front. We've already won the European and Spanish Super Cup. Zinedine Zidane has revealed he never worries about Real Madrid's form due to his squad's quality in depth.
"It may not be the best start to a season ever, but we're still there and we will fight for every title".
If Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale are seen as sacrosanct when fit, why would any attacking player wish to trade first-team football for the Copa del Rey and the occasional 15 minutes in a Liga rout?
"It would do us a lot of good, ahead of the Clasico".
"Losing Samuel right now is a big loss, he was in excellent form".
After a first yellow card early in the game for air contact, Ramos was shown the direction of the locker room after a new charge in the air.
"We have to remain calm, maintain confidence and go objective by objective. We have dropped two points but this is nothing that hasn't happened before", Valverde added.
Athletic Bilbao aren't throwing in the towel and will make a final attempt to tie Kepa down to fresh terms; nevertheless, Real are confident that the 23-year-old will opt to move to the Bernabéu. He has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for 20 million euros in January, and Real are prepared to pay it.