Zidane: Real Madrid lacking motivation with little to play for

Zidane: Real Madrid lacking motivation with little to play for

Madrid face Valencia on Wednesday in La Liga, after needing an 89th-minute victor from Karim Benzema to beat Huesca 3-2 on Saturday and make it two wins from two since Zidane's return. "He's a young player and he seems fine to me, he has not told me otherwise". We have to accept that Valencia won the game. We lacked a bit of punch up front, the first half hour we played very well, pressing them up top, but we did not find the first goal, did not get create enough.

"We had to do more in the last few metres".

Whereas his teammates may have appeared uninterested at times, the Spanish right back looked as though he had a point to prove, and always willing to help out the attack while trying his best to stay disciplined in defence. "We have these games left and we want to do well. This defeat is hard for us, we know we are not doing well but we must keep working".

Communicating such a decision to players who have contributed trophies to the team could be rather complex for Zidane. We are going home without any points but I think it was an even game, with a close scoreboard. It's a defeat and defeat always hurts.

Zidane, though, feels his side competed on equal footing with their opponents after watching them slide to their ninth league defeat of the season.

"Now I need to take control of my team and get us playing better next time out".

Left-back Marcelo had another hard evening, culminating in a yellow card for diving which means the club vice-captain will be suspended for Saturday's game at home to Eibar.

Zidane's press conference on Tuesday had been littered with questions about players' futures but Raphael Varane and Marcelo both started in defence, as did Keylor Navas, restored in goal ahead of Zidane's son Luca and the injured Thibaut Courtois. Saturday will be a chance for [youngster Sergio] Reguilon. The players are ready to fight till the last and we want to end on a high in preparation for next season.

Unlike Los Blancos, Valencia still have a realistic chance of winning silverware this season, as their Europa League first leg clash with Villarreal next Thursday will be sandwiched in between La Liga matches against Rayo Vallecano and Levante. "We must also live the bad moments, it will not change anything".

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