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Zidane: ‘I’m not going to give up’

Madrid, Feb 5 (efe-epa).- An uncharacteristically annoyed Zinedine Zidane spoke to the media for the first time in almost two weeks Friday after recovering from coronavirus, saying that he trusts his Real Madrid players to perform at a high level for the rest of the season despite rocky recent form.

“I don’t know what will happen, but the important thing for us is to focus. We have the right to finish the season with this squad, with these players. They are the same guys that won LaLiga last season”, he said.

On Saturday, Real Madrid visits Huesca, the worst team in the LaLiga championship, and needs to close the 10-point gap to leaders and cross-town rivals Atletico de Madrid.

“There’s a lot of talk about changing the head coach, changing the players… We’ll see. We’re going to fight. I’m lucky to be here and I’m going to enjoy it until the last day. I’m not going to give up. The players won’t give up either,” the Frenchman said.

“It has become an uncomfortable situation. Yes, we haven’t been playing very good lately, we haven’t won enough games. But we are motivated to change the situation”, he insisted.

Zidane acknowledged that Martin Odegaard, who has gone on loan to Arsenal for the rest of the season, wanted to leave Real Madrid even though he asked him to remain patient and fight for a spot on the team.

He also referred to Eden Hazard, who has picked up yet another injury: “It’s bad luck. It’s complicated for him. He wants to show how good he is.” EFE-EPA

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