Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane DEFENDS Cristiano Ronaldo decision after Levante draw

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane DEFENDS Cristiano Ronaldo decision after Levante draw

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane DEFENDS Cristiano Ronaldo decision after Levante draw

Eibar, whose budget of around 50 million euros is a third of Sevilla's, climbed to seventh place and to just one point behind Sevilla in sixth after losing only once in its last 11 league matches.

The arrival of an experienced centre-back to cover the summer departure of Pepe was also mentioned as a possibility while Real were also poised to sign goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Los Blancos scooped signatures of Atletico Madrid's Theo Hernandez and Spanish sensation Dani Ceballos who joined from Real Betis for a combined fee worth £41.85 million.

"Lille's objectives have changed during the course of the season", said the Basque tactician.

The away side continued to look frail at the back and were lucky not to fall behind as Morales led another rapid counter-attack from a Real corner which ended with Navas making a sprawling save to deny Jefferson Lerma.

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After the match, Zidane insisted Ronaldo's substitution was not fitness-related.

"We remain united in the hard times". "We will see. I will always say to you that it is not decided until the end".

"I just think about the next game, nothing else", a frustrated Zidane said.

Despite a terrible campaign that has seen them slip out of the Copa del Rey early on and trail La Liga leaders Barcelona by 19 points, Los Blancos decided against bringing in some fresh faces in January.

With the small matter of a Champions League showdown against Paris St Germain on the horizon, Zidane maintains there are still plenty of reasons to be positive.

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And that means subduing the firepower of the Neymar-led PSG on February 14 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Of his own future, Zidane added: "I don't care about what happens next year". All I'm doing is giving this season my all and preparing for our La Liga commitments. Two weeks is not very long for Madrid to recover their best version, and Saturday's game at Levante followed by next weekend's home meeting with Real Sociedad will therefore be absolutely crucial in determining their mindset ahead of the showdown with PSG.

Zidane has since come under heavy criticism for his substitutions but he said it was already planned before the game.

"We are frustrated because the result was in our hands and we did not get the victory, now we have a game next week and after we will think about the Champions League".

"The most important thing is to work for the training session tomorrow and on Monday and be ready for the game on Tuesday at Sochaux".

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