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La Liga: Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane upbeat despite derby stalemate

Real Madrid have never won a league title since falling eight points or more behind the leading team but Zinedine Zidane said his side were still not out of the La Liga title race despite Saturday’s 0-0 draw vs Atletico Madrid.

football Updated: Nov 19, 2017 13:43 IST
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Real Madrid are now 10 points behind high-flying Barcelona, but Zinedine Zidane remains confident that his side can cut that deficit.(Twitter )

Zinedine Zidane is refusing to be downbeat after Real Madrid’s derby stalemate against Atletico Madrid and insists his side are on “the right path”.

The 0-0 draw means that both sides are now 10 points behind LaLiga leaders Barcelona after they cruised past Leganes 3-0 earlier on Saturday.

(Read | Real Madrid’s La Liga hopes fade further after draw vs Atletico Madrid)

No side has ever come back from that deficit to win the title, but Zidane remains confident his side can turn things around and put Ernesto Valverde’s high-flying Catalans under pressure.

“We played a great game and deserved more tonight, but it was not to be,” Zidane told reporters after the game.

“We should be patient; we are on the right path.

“Barca will surely lose points. We have to continue with our work and that’s it.”

(Read | Luis Suarez strikes twice as FC Barcelona beat Leganes)

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema’s travails in front of goal continued at the Wanda Metrpolitano and the pair have now only scored two goals in 16 combined league appearances this season.

Zidane, however, believes that the goals will start flowing again soon for his beleaguered strikers.

He added: “Sometimes there are times when it [the ball] does not want to go in. I cannot explain it to you.

“The good thing about tonight is that we played very well. But it’s true, we are lacking goals.

“It will come. You have to be positive and we are positive.”

First Published: Nov 19, 2017 13:43 IST