Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has reliable a clear-the-air assembly took place after training on Tuesday though denied that a European champions are in predicament or that vital changes were needed.
With his side 16 points behind exile La Liga leaders Barcelona, Zidane is now confronting a initial genuine critique of his two-year reign, with internal media also stating that there are disagreements with bar boss Florentino Perez over a need to strengthen a patrol this month.
Tuesday’s news discussion during Valdebebas, to preview Wednesday’s Copa del Rey round-of-16 second leg during home to Numancia, was behind by over 90 mins while Zidane and his players talked about a team’s situation.
Zidane afterwards faced a media in daring mood, refusing to give sum of what had been said, though progressing that a answer to a team’s stream problems was to hang together and work even harder.
“I am not going to contend what we talked about,” Zidane said. “These are talks that can occur in a team.
“You can analyse it as we like, contend it is a ‘crisis moment,’ though we are here to demeanour for solutions, to talk, and try to do things better. The plead was a bit longer than others, though this happens when we consider it necessary, to get something out of it. When things are not going as we want, a answer is tough work.
“That is what we trust in, and a players consider a same. We will work harder than ever now, in all senses. It is not about earthy or mental, it is a bit of everything, and stability stronger. There is zero else to do though that.”
Some internal pundits have called for a freshening adult of a group that won 7 trophies in 2017, including a La Liga and Champions League double, though has looked mentally and physically tired by new months.
However, Zidane — who has pronounced he is “not afraid” of a stream hurdles — deserted a thought he should dump long-time regulars including Toni Kroos, Marcelo and even a club’s record idea scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo.
“When things go wrong, we am not someone to chuck dual or 3 players into a s—,” he said. “We are all in a same boat, all responsible, and initial of all me as coach. we trust in my squad. we will not change for dual or 3 bad results.
“When things get a bit ugly, it is when we need some-more from everyone, as we do during a moment. We had dual fantastic years and people should not forget that. we know a subsequent diversion is a many important. We will not live in a past, though will not chuck divided what has been finished either.”
Zidane again insisted he did not wish any “quick-fixes” in a Jan send window, and that any changes to be done — including with a manager — should be deliberate during a finish of a season.
“To be really transparent we do not wish any [new players],” he said. “We began a deteriorate with a patrol [and] we trust in these players. We still have all in front of us. We will see what happens during a finish of a season. Things can be analysed then, and if a change is needed, afterwards it will happen.
“I trust in what we are doing, and my players. we will not chuck in a towel due to some bad months. What annoys me some-more is what we [media] contend that we will go to a president. People who contend that do not know me. Real Madrid is above me, above everybody. People competence consider we am not a right person, maybe so, though we trust in what we do. we will keep doing it until we am out, zero more. “
There was small time to plead Wednesday’s game, in that Zidane is expected to again rest many of his comparison players including Ronaldo given their 3-0 advantage from a initial leg. Sergio Ramos (calf) and Karim Benzema (hamstring) sojourn sidelined by injury.
Luka Modric was not during training Tuesday morning, with El Mundo stating he was settling a problem with a internal taxation authority.
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football author who covers La Liga and a Spain inhabitant group for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan