Zinedine Zidane is confident hard work will see his Real Madrid players produce a positive end to the campaign – both in La Liga and Europe. Real head to Levante on Saturday – live on Sky Sports Football – having all but surrendered their La Liga crown to Barcelona, who sit a staggering 19 points clear. The pressure continued to mount on Zidane after his team crashed out of the Copa del Rey to Leganes after a second-leg defeat at the Bernabeu, but they returned to form with a 4-1 win at top-four rivals Valencia at the weekend. Zidane wants everyone to stay focused on the positives of a group which not so long ago completed a league and Champions League double.
“When it’s time to work, you have to get stuck into it,” he said. “In my first year we had three weeks to work and we did very well, we improved a lot. Now we have to do the same – strength, resistance, speed. We remain united in the hard times. I think my players always remain dedicated and driven. I have real faith in my squad and I tell them that, they repay that faith with hard work, fight and knowing this is not the end.
With the small matter of a Champions League showdown against Paris Saint-Germain on the horizon, Zidane maintains there are still plenty of reasons to be positive.
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