Zinedine Zidane is braced for an unpredictable end to La Liga as Real Madrid went second behind Barcelona with a game to play.
Los Blancos beat Valencia as Atletico Madrid lost at Levante to become the only side who can stop Barca retaining the title – if the Catalans lose at Granada on Saturday and Madrid beat Deportivo La Coruna in Galicia.
“We have to keep adding points and then Granada have to play their game. We’ll do the utmost to win ours. Now we’re second there’s only one game and anything can happen. You never know in football. We have to be aware of that and fight to the end,” Zizou said, AS reports.
“The first thing is to win our game. It won’t be easy and we know it. As a player I never won there. There’ll be rotation but we think only of Deportivo. Then there’s 15 days to prepare for the Champions League Final. We’ll fight until the last minute.
“We’ve accomplished the goal we set, which was to be second. We have one game left and you have to play it. Granada are safe but they’ll play as they should. They’ll want to give their best. The important thing is what we do and we are prepared. We’ve won 11 straight games and we’ll go all the way. We’ll show we want to win both trophies.”
The win over Valencia was controversial as Karim Benzema had a goal disallowed and then allowed, Los Che insisting he was offside.
“There was a bit of everything. The defender played the ball to Benzema. We had our difficulties in the second half but it was a normal game. I can’t say any more. Our goalkeeper [Kiko Casilla] had to do a lot of work and he was decisive. He’s shown he can back-up Keylor Navas,” Zidane added.
“It wasn’t easy for Benzema because he’s not been good physically. There’s a League game and then we’ll think of the Champions League. He’s getting better and doesn’t have discomfort.
“Cristiano Ronaldo and the Golden Boot? Knowing him, he’ll fight to the end. Not to be top scorer but because he wants to score and score, more and more. We’ll see what happens. It’s a good thing for the team. We’ve learned suffer until the end.”