Zidane openly admits Real Madrid are 'going to make changes'

Ross Houston
April 16, 2019

He simply can not be replaced, according to Zidane, which may sound great but it really doesn't help solve the problem that Madrid now face. Madrid has won three and lost one since its former player has been in charge.

Nigeria defender, Kenneth Omeruo returned to Leganes starting line up on Monday in their 1-1 draw at home to Real Madrid in a La Liga clash.

Kroos' first-team opportunities could be restricted by new arrivals and, while saying that he is a fan of the 29-year-old, Zidane could not confirm whether he would still be at the Santiago Bernabeu for 2019-20.

Madrid are expected to spend heavily in the transfer market following Zidane's return, with Premier League players Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen all reportedly targets, as well as Paris Saint-Germain forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. "Even if this might have been a bad season, we must all give a bit more".

Zidane has now admitted that nobody who Real Madrid sign will ever be able to replicate Ronaldo's achievements.

Zidane said, "Cristiano's situation is one that we can't change, he's gone".

"Every player is good and important".

Chances were few and far between in the first half but Madrid could twice have taken the lead as Marco Asensio scuffed his finish after being put through by Isco and Raphael Varane's shot was blocked after a goalline scramble. Madrid failed to clear, instead allowing Martin Braithwaite to roll back to Silva, who guided the ball into the corner.

Real levelled six minutes after the restart.

Leganes, 11th in the table, went close to winning the game but Youssef En-Nesyri had a goal correctly disallowed for offside. Neither side really deserved a victor.

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