Zinedine Zidane insists Real Madrid's La Liga title hopes are not over

Real Madrid were held to a goalless draw against Real Betis in a crucial league match

Zinedine Zidane in a file photo; Credit: Real Madrid Twitter
By Karthik Raman | Apr 25, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Real Madrid suffered a huge blow to retaining their La Liga after they played out a goalless draw against Real Betis on Saturday. Zidane’s team is at second position in the table with 71 points from 33 matches. They are two points behind table-toppers Atletico Madrid, which could increase the gap to a further five if they beat Athletic Bilbao. Undeterred by the disappointment, Real coach Zinedine Zidane has not yet thrown the towel in on La Liga hopes.

“I don’t think so. It’s true that there are two points lost today but I don’t think so,” Zidane said when asked whether the title was lost. “I think we have to continue, we’ve tried, we’ve missed something offensively, with the ball, but I don’t think the league is decided,” he added.

On a night when Real Madrid did not have much to celebrate, the only positive for the defending champions was the return of Eden Hazard. Hazard came on as a substitute in the 77th minute against Real Betis. Speaking about Hazard, Zidane said: “Well, it’s just a few minutes. He’s been out for almost three months, but I see him fine.”

“He can contribute. I think he played 15-20 minutes with spark, with energy. Most importantly, nothing bothered him. He is going to contribute and we are going to need him,” he added.

Los Blancos next play Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal in the midweek before hosting Osasuna in La Liga next weekend. Then they travel to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of the semifinal.

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