Can Madrid regain La Liga lead?

Zinedine Zidane has hailed his squad players as Real Madrid look to keep hold of top spot in LaLiga with victory over Las Palmas on Wednesday night.

Los Blancos came from two goals behind to beat Villarreal at the weekend and remain a point clear of Barcelona, having played a game less than their Catalan rivals.

Alvaro Morata came off the bench to grab a late winner on Sunday as Zidane’s side avoided a third defeat of 2017.

And now the Frenchman wants to see all of his players pull together as they look to maintain their lead and secure a first domestic crown in five years.

“The other day they entered the game and did their work,” he said of his substitutes in the 3-2 win at the Estadio de la Ceramica,

“We win and lose all together and it is going to be like this until the end. It’s good for me that everyone wants to play.

“It is impossible to please everyone but I want to show everyone that all my players are important.”

Real were undefeated in the league this season until the turn of the year but have seen their lead at the top kept in check following losses at Sevilla and last week at Valencia.

But Zidane is remaining level-headed as he admits there is pressure growing on his side at present.

“We have a few complicated matches but until the beginning of January we had not lost a game,” he said.

“In a season there are times when you know it is going to go wrong, that is normal and that is a pressure you have every day.

“There comes a time when your rivals get you into trouble and sometimes you are not at 100 per cent – it is part of football

“Everything we are going to do we have to do with 100 per cent concentration to avoid bad results.”

Las Palmas head to the Bernabeu 12th in the table but on the back of four consecutive defeats.

Quique Setien’s side have won just one of their last seven and are in danger of slipping down the table, but the former Atletico Madrid midfielder insists he will not alter his approach as they tackle Real.

“We will try to have the ball,” he said.

“We will not change anything about our philosophy. We know that there will be times when we will be under pressure and we will have to defend well.

“As a coach I accept that we depend on the results. The players are hurting after playing well against Real Sociedad and losing, they are looking forward to the next match and to change this dynamic.”


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