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Spluttering Real Madrid 'did what they had to do' vs. Numancia - Zidane

Spluttering Real Madrid 'did what they had to do' vs. Numancia - Zidane

The Galacticos looked to be heading towards victory at Balaidos on Sunday after Gareth Bale's first-half brace saw them leading 2-1, only for Celta to hit back in the final eight minutes to rescue a draw.

"We have had two great years and that shouldn't be forgotten".

Pavon, who played 106 times for the club in the early 2000s, said, "To be united in such a phrase with a legend like Zidane just made me proud". They have a game in hand, but their hopes of a successful title defence already appear in tatters.

Real Madrid make 10 changes for tonight's Copa del Rey last-16 second leg with Numancia, with Los Blancos 3-0 up on aggregate.

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"But I am happy with the performance of them all, I'm happy these players got more minutes, and the first leg [3-0 victory] was important. We will not live in the past, but will not throw away what has been done either".

Last year, the Real Madrid, led by Zidane, won the Spanish Super Cup, became the victor of the Champions League and the club world championship, as well as the wiinner of the UEFA Super Cup. I'd like it to be doing better in the league and we can improve but what I have to do is keep working and giving my best. The players think the same, we are going to work harder than ever, in every sense.

Zidane said he has no interest in signing a striker in the January transfer window despite an injury to Karim Benzema. People might think that everything comes easy to me, that I do it all by instinct, but they'd be wrong.

On Thursday, three-time defending champions Barcelona host Celta Vigo with the two sides locked at 1-1.