Real Madrid: Zidane drops Courtois for first game back in charge

Silvia Morton
March 17, 2019

Meanwhile, few will have celebrated Zidane's return as much as Isco, who started 36 games under the Frenchman last season, but had found himself in the starting XI just 11 times under Solari and Julen Lopetegui in the current campaign.

It was one of three tackles he made - more than any other Real player - and it was this dogged determination in defence, as much as his well-taken goal in the second half, which outlined his desire to play for a team he has always been linked away from. I have a squad of 23, 24, 25 players and will count on them all.I believe all the players here know that you must play football.

When these sides met earlier in the season, Los Blancos ran out 4-2 winners at the Abanca-Balaídos.

"Isco and Marcelo are both ready to play, they want to play and we will see them play", he said.

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"We want to think positively and defeat Celta tomorrow, I do not want to think about anything else, but the players are keen to show what they are worth".

Solskjaer is quoted as saying by Sky Sports: "I can't really comment on Gareth Bale or specific names because they're property of other clubs".

But Zidane says: "I'm happy with his performance. We got a good result in the end, it's what we were looking for, an important result", he added at a post-match news conference.

"The most important thing is I worked very hard to get an opportunity and today I got one". "That gives us chances to score goals, and we did".

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