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“We’re at our limit” – Zinedine Zidane opens up on Real Madrid players’ workload after El Clasico win

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane opened the load on his players after a 2-1 victory Barcelona in La Liga. El Clasico was Real Madrid’s third game in eight days.

Real Madrid are now traveling to England to play Liverpool in the rematch of their UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday. Zidane’s men lead in a 3-1 draw, thanks to a handsome win at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Tuesday.

The victory over rival rival Barcelona left Real Madrid at the top of La Liga, tied in points with second-placed Atletico Madrid, who have an away match.

“It doesn’t change anything, there’s still a long way to go. We have to rest after today. It’s been two exhausting games,” Zidane told a post-match conference.

Further revealing the physical condition of his players after the test drive, Zidane said:

“Now we have to rest. I don’t know how we’re going to end the season. We’re physically on the border.”

The Real Madrid manager has also addressed a host of changes in playing XI for El Clasico.

“I’m happy for the players. We made a lot of changes today. Mariano, [Alvaro] Odriozola, Isco, Marcelo. Everyone is committed. Everyone wants to play. That’s good on this team. We are all together. I am responsible, but I am happy for them [the players]. We won together, “Zidane added.


The referee did not give a penalty because he was not there: Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane

Barcelona striker Martin Braithwaite was knocked down by a challenge from Ferland Mendy in the 84th minute of El Clasico with Real Madrid leading 2-1. But the referee rejected the calls for a penalty, as well as the VAR.

Addressing a controversial moment in the match, Zidane said:

“Everyone has their feelings. I think if the referee didn’t give a penalty, it’s because it’s not a penalty. What matters is what we did on the pitch today. We suffered because Barcelona is a great team. I can’t say it was a referee [who decided the game]. “

With eight remaining matches in the league, Real Madrid is in a three-way battle for the La Liga title. While Atletico Madrid has as many points as rivals from crossstown, Barcelona is third with one point less. Diego Simeone’s team, however, has a match over Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Posted April 11, 2021, 11:59 AM IST


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