Zidane pledges to count on Real Madrid stars

Arnold Nichols
March 19, 2019

The two players have endured hard months under Santiago Solari since he replaced Julen Lopetegui in October.

Navas was called into action early to palm away a goal-bound header from Maxi Gomez, but Madrid had the better of the first half and almost took the lead when Bale smashed against the bar, while Sergio Ramos and Toni Kroos also came close.

Dani Ceballos and Federico Valverde are just the two midfielders who were preferred over the Bearded Beauty, and players like Cristo Gonzalez, Fran Garcia and Alvaro Fidalgo were also kept in the 19 or 20 match squads prior to games ahead of Isco, more often than not.

But, both Lopetegui and Solari failed to continue the club's successful ways and have since been shown the door, with Zidane remarkably returning to the Real Madrid hot seat last week.

And Zidane has said Real will be busy in the summer, but he's in no rush to make a decision on who will come and go.

"Those who played today were very good but I am going to use everyone". The end of the first half was better and then after the break we really improved.

Navas has been second choice for most of this season following Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' arrival from Chelsea, while Sergio Reguilon had condemned a seemingly disinterested Marcelo to the bench towards the end of Santiago Solari's ill-fated tenure. "I told them to have fun, to play, to run together and to be united when we don't have the ball".

But six minutes later Karim Benzema received a pass from Marco Asensio and set up a sliding Isco for the opener inside the six-yard box.

Isco, and the rest of his teammates, have 10 league games left to convince Zidane and his boss that they deserve to be part of next season's rebuilding effort.

"Thibaut and Reguilon have done well until now, others too".

Bale was most effective on the left side of the attack, but Real Madrid will need someone in the box if they are to profit from his excellent crosses.

United's hopes of European glory remain alive after overcoming Paris St Germain and, speaking before being drawn against Barcelona, Solskjaer said they have proved that "on any given day we can beat a top team". We have to stay focused on competing and not thinking about who is playing or who isn't. "That gives us chances to score goals, and we did". "He wants to play all his career for Real Madrid and if it does not work out, we will talk again".

"Above all, what we have to do is achieve our objective, which is to finish as high up the table as we can".

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