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Zinedine Zidane loses patience after being questioned about Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata

Zinedine Zidane loses his cool over Morata, Benzema starting issue; claims both are important to the club.

News 02 Nov 2016, 19:34 IST
MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 18: Alvaro Morata (C) of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his team's fifth goal with his team mates Karim Benzema (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo (R) during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Real Madrid CF and Legia Warszawa at Bernabeu on October 18, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Alvaro Morata and Karim Benzema vie for Real Madrid’s striker role

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, speaking ahead of Real’s fixture against Legia Warsaw in the Champions League, lost his patience with the press constantly hounding the Frenchman about Benzema and Morata and which one of the two is his favoured striker.

The media have scrutinised Zidane over the game time given to Alvaro Morata claiming the Spaniard is seeking a move away from the Bernabeu if not handed enough playing time by the manager.  

Zidane has insisted that both his strikers are crucial to the club’s cause claiming sufficient game time will be given to all the players in the squad including Morata by the end of the season. “They’re two important players. Each one will get minutes. Your concerns are always the same, and I will always answer in the same way. I can’t say anything else. I know what you’re looking for, but regardless of how each one plays, I’m worried about the team as a whole [not individuals],” he said. 

Also read: La Liga 2016/17: Fabio Capello says Karim Benzema is the darling of the President  

Real Madrid sit in second place behind Borussia Dortmund on goal difference ahead of their Champions League group clash against Legia Warsaw in Warsaw. The game will be contested behind closed doors, and Zidane claims the fans’ absence will affect both teams equally insisting there’s still work to be done and it’s business as usual.

“There’s no advantage. I'd prefer there to be fans. This is football, though. We have to play without fans, and we’re going to prepare to go out for the three points,” Zidane added. 

"We don’t know if it will be different, but we won’t change anything. The players are professionals and understand the importance of the game. It happened to me once as a player, but it didn’t change anything.”

Zidane although being questioned on his utilisation of the two strikers believes the side’s problem lies in their defence. Zidane admits the goals conceded proves the quality of the rivals faced by Madrid and will be keen to sort out the issues at the back. 

Also read: UEFA Champions League 2016/17: Real Madrid announce squad for the game against Legia Warsaw

Madrid will be eager to win the game and come away with three points to take control of Group F. Morata has scored in his last two appearances for Real Madrid in the league and will be eagerly looking to add another goal to his tally whether it's off the bench or from the start. 

With Morata and Benzema both gunning for that elusive starting role, the debates and discussions surrounding the two are just beginning, with Zidane likely having to answer much more questions from the press and fans about his number one striker. 

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