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Zidane boasts Actual Madrid’s La Liga, Champions League bid: ‘We will do it’

Zinedine Zidane has admitted that Actual Madrid may finish the season with a La Liga and Champions League double, saying “we are able to do it” after a 2-0 league win over Osasuna on Saturday stored them within the league title race.

Eder Militao and Casemiro scored within the final quarter-hour to present Madrid a victory which leaves them two factors behind rivals Atletico Madrid and three factors away from Barcelona, who play on Sunday.

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“A variety of issues have occurred to us however we’re there, and at the moment they’re three extra factors,” Zidane mentioned in his post-match information convention. “We’re within the battle and we’ve got 4 video games left. We’ll battle till the tip. We will do it. I will not say we’ll win it, however we’ll do all the pieces attainable to attempt, I assure you that.”

An damage scare noticed defender Raphael Varane compelled off at half time with muscular discomfort forward of Wednesday’s Champions League semifinal second leg with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

“I hope what Rafa has is not a lot,” Zidane mentioned. “I spoke to him and he mentioned for him it is not dangerous, and let’s hope so.”

Zidane additionally selected to relaxation midfielders Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in opposition to Osasuna, with the Champions League sport in thoughts.

“It is a variety of video games,” he mentioned. “Luka and Toni rested and that is good. Antonio Blanco performed and did nicely… It is not straightforward what we’re doing each sport, once more we obtained a clear sheet, and we scored twice. We now have to be happy.”

Eden Hazard made his first begin since January — after coming off the bench in opposition to Chelsea this week — and is now in competition to begin at Stamford Bridge in opposition to his former membership.

“[He looked] actually good,” Zidane mentioned. “It is the primary time he is began. He performed for 70 minutes, and he seemed good in that place near Karim. I am blissful along with his sport.”

Zidane mentioned it wasn’t but clear if captain Sergio Ramos could be able to face Chelsea as he recovers from a calf damage, which means that Militao is more likely to begin after impressing in latest weeks.

“I’ve labored day-after-day with the help of all of the gamers to get this chance,” the Brazilian mentioned after scoring his first league objective for Actual Madrid. “We’ll go game-by-game and see what occurs. We wish each trophies, however we’ll go step-by-step, that is all.”

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