Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Copa del Rey: Happy with result, says boss Zidane after Numancia draw

Copa del Rey: Happy with result, says boss Zidane after Numancia draw

Guillermo netted his second with eight minutes remaining to ensure a draw for Numancia on the night, but it is Real who are into the last eight of the Copa del Rey.

Zinedine Zidane has defended Real Madrid's form but admits his contract offers no guarantees for his long-term future at the club.

"We can't listen to what is being said", Zidane said.

With Ramos still out, Nacho and Raphael Varane should start in central defence for Real Madrid away to Villarreal. The situation is what it is, and we have to try to make the most out of it.

However, the club have moved quickly to replace Bakambu with forward Roger Martinez, per Marca's M. A. Rodriguez. I have very good players, and do not see anyone who can change all that. "We are not doing as bad as people say".

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Real Madrid is now struggling, placed 4 in the league and is 16 points off the top of the table, as fierce rivals Barcelona look favorites to win the La Liga this season. It has never been able to overcome this big of a gap and win La Liga.

A place in next season's Champions League is also far from secure as sixth-placed Villarreal, who have a strong record against Real, visit the capital on Saturday trailing the faltering European and Liga champions by only four points.

Madrid will face Leganes in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey next week, and next month it will take on Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League, a competition it has won the last two seasons. Zidane said he hoped the notoriously hard to please Blancos hardcore got behind their players now. "We will do that by winning matches".

Despite recently stating that he is willing to sign an extension with Madrid, Zidane added that he "cannot look two or three years ahead because having the contract does not mean anything". "I know how it goes, nothing more, even with this contract it does not change anything", he said. "We need the fans, just as when we are going well they should not get too high, and in moments a bit hard we need the fans with their team".

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