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Zidane responds to Real Madrid ‘crisis’ talk

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has said his side are ‘not in crisis’ after losing 3-1 to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening.

Heading into the game, Madrid had lost to Girona at the weekend and fell eight points behind league leaders Barcelona.

Despite their poor form, the reigning European and La Liga champions remained favourites in the competition.

Spurs, who have been excellent this season with Harry Kane scoring nine goals in all competitions.

Dele Alli opened the scoring for the hosts as Mauricio Pochettino’s men outplayed the visitors in all areas of the pitch.

The second half continued with much of the same as Alli was again testing the Madrid resolve.

And, the impressive winger made it 2-0 with a long range effort which deflected in off Sergio Ramos.

Madrid looked shocked and it would soon be 3-0 to the English side as Christian Eriksen for himself a much deserved goal.

Fully in the driving seat, Pochettino’s side then took their foot off the pedal and allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to get his sixth goal of the competition.

“Crisis? We’re not in crisis. Analysis of the game?,” the French coach told reporters following the game.

You always ask me if I’m concerned, but I’m not and I won’t be for the rest of the season.

“My analysis is that we played against a better team and we have to accept it. There’s no need to go over it again. We didn’t have a bad game.

“We had chances to draw level, but as it’s been happening lately, we didn’t find the goal.”

The goal proved to be a consolation and Spurs held on to win and qualify for the last-32.

“It’s a bad spell, but we have to accept it. When we win, we’re happy, and when we lose we have to hold our heads up high,” he added.

“There are enough games to turn this situation around, and that’s what we’re going to do.

“Dressing room? It’s not happy, and in life you sometimes have to accept things. Today’s hasn’t been good to us, but we still have time to change things.

“We can’t be happy. It’s a tough defeat for us to take, but it’s a deserved one and we must accept that.

“We know how to change this and we will. We have to put up with it until we flip the switch, which is what we’re going to do.

Madrid will now be forced to re-group, before they return to La Liga action at the weekend.

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