Zidane asks Madrid stars to rise


Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane desperately needs a win from a tough trip to Sevilla on Saturday to revive the La Liga champions’ fortunes as they sit in an undignified fourth position.

A few says ago, Zidane insisted that he is not planning on resigning despite a disastrous recent run with his side winning just once in La Liga since October and also lost at Shakhtar Donetsk in the Uefa Champions on Tuesday and must beat Borussia Moenchengladbach next week to advance to the knockout stages.

The reigning champions are in fourth place, seven points off leaders Real Sociedad. “I have the strength needed to turn the situation around and I am going to give everything to do that, so are the players,” said Zidane ahead of Madrid’s game against Sevilla.

“We have to lift ourselves up and think about the next match. We’re on a bad run, there’s nothing else to do other than think about the next match and go ahead.

“In difficult moments, you have to show character,” he added.

The Spanish press have linked former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and ex-Madrid forward Raul to the Frenchman’s job at Madrid.

According to newspaper AS. captain Sergio Ramos called a squad meeting this week, with Zidane absent, telling teammates to give “an extra push until the end of the year.”

“This is Real Madrid, gentlemen. Together, we’ve come out of worse,” Ramos reportedly said ahead of the trip to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan where they have lost on six of their last eight visits.

Saturday’s hosts went unbeaten in the Spanish top-flight throughout November after a sluggish start to the season under former Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui.

Spain playmaker Suso is set to return for the Europa League champions after being sidelined for six weeks with a muscle injury.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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