Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid coach defiant despite poor results

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was in defiant mood as the former French star hits back at critics who claims that the club is in a downward spiral.

The defending Spanish and European champions’ stuttering season continued as their La Liga campaign saw another setback on Sunday following a 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo.

La Liga leaders Barcelona now are 16 points ahead of Los Blancos in the table and with a daunting Champions League last-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain to come, pressure on Zidane’s squad has been mounting despite his trophy-laden successes during his two years in charge.

Zidane, however, insists his side will get back on track with collective hard work and is adamant there are reasons to be positive for the rest of the season.

“You can analyse it as you like, that it’s a moment of crisis or not, but we’re here to find solutions,” he said. “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 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. 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 s***. 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 would face Numancia in the second leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie on Wednesday, having claimed a 3-0 win in the first meeting.

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