Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

LaLiga Starting XI: Real Madrid v Celta Vigo 16 March 2019

LaLiga Starting XI: Real Madrid v Celta Vigo 16 March 2019

In his first major decision as Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane has opted to drop goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for this afternoon's game against Celta Vigo in favour of Keylor Navas.

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", said Zidane, who won three consecutive Champions Leagues with the bulk of his current squad before standing down at the end of last season.

"Because they're property of other players but we should look for quality players, definitely, and players who could improve us as a team".

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He said: "In the last period, every time he has been on the pitch, he was able to play really very well". Physically, technically, he is improving tactically.


It's unlikely that many of this side will be starting games - even playing for Madrid at all - next season, with a squad overhaul on the cards.

The 13-time European champions have virtually nothing left to play for as they have been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey, while they sit 12 points behind leaders FC Barcelona.

Isco was an outcast under Santiago Solari, failing to start a single LaLiga game, but is back in the line-up alongside Bale, who reportedly had a frosty relationship with Zidane in his first period in charge.

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"The feelings are positive". So, I am happy.

"The most important thing is I worked very hard to get an opportunity and today I got one". "Instead, we all need to give 100 percent".

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