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Florentino Perez backs under-pressure Zidane

Florentino Perez backs under-pressure Zidane

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has backed Zinedine Zidane after the 0-0 draw with Athletic Bilbao on Saturday evening.

Both Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo both hit the upright as Zidane’s side failed to get past a resilient Basque defence.

Madrid needed three points to put pressure on the top three, especially after seeing league leaders and bitter rivals Barcelona drew with Celta Vigo 2-2 earlier in the day.

However, frustrations continues to show as they came away with just a point and failed to score.

The visitors finished with ten-men after Sergio Ramos was dismissed for two yellow cards, whilst Dani Carvajal and Casemiro both picked up yellow cards which see them ruled out of next weekend’s clash with Sevilla.

Having now won just three of their last eight games in all competitions, pressure is mounting in the reigning La Liga champions.

But, Perez has been quick to jump to the defence of his coach.

“Zidane is the best leader this team could possibly have,” Perez is quoted as saying by Spanish daily Marca.

“What he has achieved is unique, he is a wonderful Coach who is now an even greater icon here and he has already won the Spanish and European Super Cups this season.

“We have achieved what many thought would be impossible in retaining the European Cup and our team can carry on dreaming.”

Madrid will now prepare to host Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in mid-week, before the weekend game against Sevilla.

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Sitting eight points behind bitter rivals and league leaders Barca, Madrid now know that every game in the league is a must-win.

Barca themselves drew at the weekend, being held by Celta Vigo at home, whilst second placed Valencia lost out to Getafe and third placed Atletico Madrid came from behind to beat Real Sociedad.