Zidane says it's not as bad as it looks for Real Madrid

Published 9:07 a.m. ET Jan. 12, 2018

MADRID (AP) — As far as Zinedine Zidane is concerned, things are not as bad as they look for Real Madrid.

Zidane downplayed Madrid’s recent setbacks, blaming critics for exaggerating the team’s struggles and wanting to create turmoil at the club.

“I’m tired of hearing that Madrid is struggling,” Zidane said on Friday. “It’s easy to say that everything is wrong, but it’s not all bad here. It’s pretty to talk negatively about Real Madrid, it sells more.”

Madrid has been under increased pressure since it lost to Barcelona 3-0 at home in its last game of 2017. It started the year by defeating second-division club Numancia 3-0 in the Copa del Rey, but then was held by Celta Vigo to 2-2 in the Spanish league and couldn’t manage more than another 2-2 against Numancia in the return leg of the Copa at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

“We can’t listen to what is being said,” Zidane said. “Everything that is said about Real Madrid is negative, but in reality things are not like that. I don’t see it like that. The situation is what it is, and we have to try to make the most out of it. We are still alive in all competitions and we have to…

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