Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Real Madrid coach Zidane: Shut up Guardiola!

Real Madrid coach Zidane: Shut up Guardiola!

Zinedine Zidane brought up 100 wins in all competitions as Real Madrid coach with a 2-1 LaLiga victory at Malaga on Sunday.

"However, we have so much work to do in focusing on ourselves, that the rival takes more of a back seat". We did very well and we're in the semi-finals.' Real are fourth in the Liga standings and could be 18 points behind runaway leaders Barcelona by the time they play against Malaga.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was badly missed against Juventus as he was suspended, but he should return alongside Raphael Varane in the heart of the visitors' defence.

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The scores were level at the break before the encounter exploded with five second half goals, with the hosts' opener coming courtesy of now-Los Blancos man and former FIFA Golden Boy victor Isco before Sergio Sanchez's own goal tied things up again. Karim Benzema is expected to lead the line.

Despite consistent speculation regarding the Welshman's future in Spain, his recent La Liga form has been inspiring; netting three goals and an assist in his last three outings. The Spaniard is only expected to return to action towards the end of the campaign.

Struggling Malaga have plenty of injury problems and will be without Juankar, Adalberto Penaranda, Recio, Juanpi Anor, Federico Ricca, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Maxime Lestienne and Chory Castro, per Transfermarkt.com.

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He added: "It will be more hard after the Champions League match because the effort has been enormous, but we have managed, very well, the three days (since the game) and now we are ready for another league match".

Zidane has never tasted defeat to Malaga during his tenure in the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu dugout, and it looks highly unlikely that this weekend will be any different.

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