Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says his team must get back to winning when they take on Espanyol.
Los Blancos dropped two crucial points last weekend against Real Betis and have it all to do if they are to catch Barcelona in the race for La Liga.
Speaking to journalists ahead of the game at the Santiago Bernabeu, Zidane said his players must respond against a team they beat 6-0 in the reverse fixture this season.
“We’re at home, and we know what we’ve got to go out and do against Espanyol. We need to score goals and start the game strongly. The only thing we’ve got to focus on is winning the game, and we’re preparing to go out and get the three points,” he stated.
And he added: “We’ve had a good week on the training field, and now we’re focused on getting the three points. We know that we face a good side. Every game is different, and we have to have respect for the opposition, and that’s why we must make a strong start and be on it right from the off. I hope that things go just like they did in our last two home games.”
Asked about how he is settling into his job as the new boss of the 10-time Champions League winners, Zidane commented: “I’m happy to be here with the players. I feel very comfortable, but the most important thing is that the players feel good. We’ve just completed our third week, and physically we’re doing better. Yesterday we didn’t train very much, and the same again today, so that we’re fresh for tomorrow.”