Zidane staying upbeat amid Real Madrid troubles

Ross Houston
November 21, 2017

Benzema has endured a woeful start to the season in terms of his goal-scoring form, netting just twice in 13 matches across all competitions.

The former galactico told the pregame news conference in Cyprus that nothing could shake the faith he had in players who had come through previous sticky moments to triumph before.

"That [those players' happiness] is a question for the players", Zidane said.

Zinedine Zidane insists his side's title hopes are not over yet, after a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano yesterday morning (Singapore time) left Real Madrid 10 points behind leaders Barcelona.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the match, Zidane said: "He [Benzema] is the first one who knows he can give more, because of the confidence issue, especially his confidence in front of goal". "They are very young".

"They have to work hard, but look at the rise of Marco Asensio, for example". Real Madrid are perhaps lacking the presence on the wing that was so significant last season, and Carvajal is fundamental to that. Ceballos will be the same - he has an extraordinary future. This is a step they must take, it is normal they play less than the senior players.

"Everyone has a future in this team".

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos will miss his side's UEFA Champions League clash against APOEL due to a broken nose.

Pique's suspension comes at just the wrong time as Barca have to travel to face this season's surprise package in what is certain to be an intense atmosphere in the Mestalla Stadium.

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