Zidane ‘satisfied’ with Numancia draw

Zinedine Zidane insists he was ‘satisfied’ with Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw against Numancia and is not ‘bothered’ by their winless run at home.

Madrid drew their sixth match of the season at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, despite facing second-tier opposition in their Copa del Rey last-16 tie and reaching the quarter-finals, but Zidane made it clear he retained complete confidence in his squad.

“I think we had a good game, but ultimately we lacked gas,” the Coach said after the game.

“It’s not easy to play with those who have played less. The first leg was important.

“Feelings? The first leg was key. You can think whatever you like, but it’s very difficult to play when you haven’t played much.

“Our punishment was the goal just before half-time and before the end of the game. I’m happy with the performance of my team. We’re in the quarter-finals, and that’s the important thing.

“For me, we’re recovering things and we’re going to keep doing so with confidence and calmness.

“I know all the questions you ask me and what you think, but we’ll take this situation forward.

“I leave here satisfied, the players too. Casemiro for Mayoral? It was a tactical change.

“My contract? have a contract until 2020, it’s already signed, but I take things game by game and year by year, like always.

“Ceballos? Dani can play in several positions and when he played for Betis, he sometimes played on the left.

“I wanted to see Marco [Asensio] and Mateo [Kovacic] in the middle, and that’s why I put Ceballos on the left.

“Another match not won at the Bernabeu? That doesn’t bother me. We have to keep working hard and think positively.

“We need to win two or three matches in order to regain some confidence, but we’re going to work hard. We’re not going to drop our heads.

“Transfers? I believe in my squad and we’ll see what happens in the end.”

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