Zinedine Zidane has said he does not care about critics pointed at Real Madrid after a stumbling start to the season.
The Frenchman’s comments come after Marcelino of Valencia claimed his side were ‘weaker’ than last season.
Los Blancos are already currently in fourth in La Liga, eight points behind league leaders and rivals Barcelona, despite being just 14 games into the season.
Boss Zinedine Zidane is under pressure to get his side performing, having won the title last season, along with the last two editions of the Champions League after being promoted from the Castilla in 2016.
In contrast, Valencia sit second having lost their first game of the season at the weekend to Getafe; and former Villarreal boss Marcelino believes Madrid are not what they were.
“I don’t have any reason to say what other people say. I don’t care what they say, anyone can say what they want,” Zidane replied to the comments.
“Critics don’t bother me, really. Criticism is the reality of the work. They are there to say things aren’t right. We have to be calm. I’m not going to change. What I say is that we are going to be there.”
Valencia have the advantage over Barca, Atletico, Real Madrid and Sevilla this week due to their inactivity in European competition, before they Celta Vigo on Saturday evening at the Mestalla.
Zidane’s side head into Wednesday nights game with both feet in the knockout stages but much has been the attention on their league form and performances of late.
Whilst the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo are expected to start, a number of fringe players are expected to feature against the German side.