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Zinedine Zidane: 'Real Madrid must work harder than ever'

Zidane: 'Madrid must work harder than ever'
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Zinedine Zidane insists that "it is important people do not forget" his first two season at Real Madrid, as he responds to questions over his uncertain future.
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Zinedine Zidane has admitted that Real Madrid must "work harder than ever" if they are to get their La Liga campaign back on track.

Los Blancos are already as good as out of the title race in Spain following a disastrous season to date, having dropped points for the eighth time when they were held 2-2 by Celta Vigo last time out.

Madrid now find themselves 16 points adrift of leaders Barcelona, with the small consolation of a game in hand to play, and Zidane has had to fend off growing criticism aimed at his underperforming players.

The Frenchman has refuted suggestions that "everything has gone to shit", though, with two hugely successful campaigns already under his belt at the Bernabeu to fall back on.

After being pictured deep in discussion with his players and coaching staff at the club's training ground, Zidane told reporters: "I'm not going to tell you what we talked about. These are discussions that happen in a team. You can analyse it as you like, that it's a moment of crisis or not, but we're here to find solutions.

"I'm not going to go into the details. When there are things like we're going through, where things aren't going as we want, it's about work. I always believe in that. What we have to do is work harder than ever, in every sense. It's not a physical thing, or more in our heads. It's a bit of both.

"What you tell me is what a lot of people think: that there are people who are bad and I have to get them out of the team. It's the opposite. When a player is bad, I will help him. I'm more interested in unity. I'm not someone who, when things are going wrong, will throw one or two into the shit. We're all in the same boat. It's everyone's fault, mine first.

"We've had two spectacular years; thank you for saying so. It's important people don't forget that. There are people who say everything has gone to shit. No. The day of the Celta game, I focused on the good things. Are things more complicated with a draw? Yes. The second half was not good, but we're not going to go crazy about it. We're going to think that, with work, we will achieve good things."

Real return to action on Wednesday night with a home match against lower-league opposition Numancia in the Copa del Rey, leading 3-0 from the first leg.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1594241192231
2Sevilla1584327161128
3Atletico MadridAtletico1577121101128
4Real Madrid158252319426
5AlavesAlaves157351817124
6Levante156452725222
7Real Betis156451617-122
8Getafe155641612421
9GironaGirona155641717021
10Espanyol156361720-321
11Celta Vigo155552824420
12Real Valladolid155551315-220
13Real Sociedad155461818019
14EibarEibar155461923-419
15Valencia153931212018
16Leganes154561519-417
17Villarreal153571519-414
18Athletic Bilbao152851523-814
19Rayo Vallecano152491530-1510
20Huesca1514101230-187

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