Zinedine Zidane is not going to change his way of thinking despite the defeat at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán on Sunday. The French manager will keep rotating the squad and Keylor Navas will be the goalkeeper in La Liga.
At least this is what Zidane said in the press conference before the game against Celta de Vigo in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals. He didn’t want to give any clue about the line-up but he will continue making some changes: “We have a lot of games. We’re going to play every three days until March, before the national fixtures. The good thing is that we’re recovering players. We are missing Pepe, Coentrao and Bale, but little by little they are coming back and this is good for us. I’m going to think to make the line-up”, Zidane said. The manager didn’t want to confirm whether Cristiano Ronaldo will start or not on Wednesday.
Zidane will make some changes in the game against Celta: “I don’t think the team is tired, on the contrary. I’m going to use everybody and the message won’t change. If I’m going to repeat the line-up, this doesn’t change anything, but I’m going to count on the 24 players until the end of the season. If we win something, it will be for all of them”.
Zidane also wanted to defend Keylor Navas from the criticism around him after the game against Sevilla: “I see Keylor really well. He’s doing a good season, but of course we can ask him more. Until now, he’s been the goalkeeper of the 40 games unbeaten. He was in the team”, the manager explained.
Some rumours said that Thibaut Courtois could arrive to Madrid in the next season: “These are rumours, what it’s going to happen next year doesn’t interest me and it’s not the moment to speak about it. Keylor is Real Madrid’s goalkeeper and he’s doing well. I’m happy with Kiko and Rubén. There are my three goalkeepers and I don’t want to change anything. It’s normal the debates after the defeat”.
The French manager changed the formation to face Sevilla, using 5 defenders: “When we make something is because we believe in it. I wouldn’t change anything from the game against Sevilla”, Zidane assessed.