Zidane: Nothing needs changing

Zinedine Zidane insists Real Madrid “don’t need to change anything”, despite their 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Clasico on Saturday.

Madrid fell 14 points behind Barca at the top of La Liga as a result of their second-half collapse at the Santiago Bernabeu, but Zidane made it clear Los Blancos were “not going to go crazy”, even if the result was “very tough to take”.

“How we’re feeling after a 3-0 defeat? Bad,” the Coach said after the game.

“We started very well, the first half was even and it’s a defeat that hurts. It’s very tough for us to take, but it is what it is, it’s football.

“Starting line-up? I have to choose 11 players and that’s it, nothing more. With Kovacic, it was different. He had to be watchful of Messi and he did well. It’s what we decided before the game.

“Carvajal red? It happens from time to time. You think about making some changes but then you lose a player. It becomes a different game and it’s very difficult.

“Second half? We made a mistake, we defended badly, and at this level they’re differences between winning and losing.

“Still, we’re not going to go crazy. It’s a very difficult defeat to take, but we don’t need to change anything.

“We’ll never give up. Now we’ll go for our holidays and we won’t think about it. We’ll enjoy the time we have with our families and come back. It’s not over.

“Transfers in January? I won’t talk about that.”

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