Real Madrid coach Zidane admits dropping Bale for Leganes draw

Paola Ditto
Luglio 20, 2020

If Madrid overturn their deficit against City, they will face Juventus or Lyon in the quarter-finals when the Champions League heads to Lisbon.

"We've won a major trophy".

"It has certainly been the worst season of my career individually".

Hazard also had high praise for Real manager Zinedine Zidane, who was instrumental in bringing him to the Bernabeu.

"We all knew Zidane as a player, he was the best".

"Of course things that have happened to him, I trust him. That's why it works".

"But we have also played well in other games and, playing like that, we could win things". There's no longer any need to describe him as a coach.

"With James, you already know what's happened, "Zidane said at full time, referring to the Colombian's request to be left out".

Like Gareth Bale, another quick-footed Premier League arrival, Hazard kept to the fringes of the club's celebrations at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium last week.

Leganes finished 18th on 36 points, joining 19th-placed Real Mallorca and Espanyol in being relegated, while Celta Vigo, who finished on 37, stayed up after drawing 0-0 at Espanyol.

Madrid have won the Supercopa de Espana and LaLiga in 2019-20 and remain in the Champions League, though they lost the first leg of their last-16 tie against Manchester City 2-1.

"It was a bit of a odd season, with everything that happened", he said.

"When you play for Real Madrid, you want to win all the possible titles".

"The next one has to be the Champions League, even if it's going to be hard to play at Manchester City".

The Wales worldwide seems set to leave the La Liga giants after making just two appearances since the season resumed last month, with his behaviour while on the bench being questioned.

"He is very friendly and down-to-earth", said Hazard. Why wouldn't I think that we couldn't come back against City.

"Then you have Raphael Varane". "No, no. I don't feel that (special one). The partnership he has with Sergio Ramos is great".

Leganes, just as in the first spell, looked for an immediate response after going behind, but Gil along with Roger Assale failed to find the intended target.

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