Ahead of Real Madrid’s game against Leganés on Wednesday night, Zinedine Zidane spoke to the media and assured everybody in attendance that there is no controversy regarding the goalkeeping situation.
Navas is number one
“We will see tomorrow if he plays,” Zidane says regarding Keylor Navas. He also assured that “he is the number one goalkeeper” and that the only reason he might rest Navas is to give Kiko Casilla the chance to play and not because he doubts the Costa Rican.
One player who has been the subject of some intrigue is Luka Modric as he hasn’t played as well as many have become accustomed to. “Maybe he lost the ball two or three times in the last game, but you can’t say that he didn’t play well. You can’t always play well. I am happy with what he does on the field, but to always be good is impossible.”
Also on the agenda was Isco’s role in the team, with Zidane content that the midfielder is performing to a high standard and will stay at Los Merengues.
“He’s going to stay for many years,” added the coach. “Isco is a Madrid player and he’s playing phenomenally.
“You all know what I think, he’s an important player an I hope he stays.”
The upcoming clash with Leganes was somewhat batted to the background, although the Real boss stated that his side won’t let up at Estadio Butarque, even if Raphael Varane has been struck by a hamstring problem to miss the match.
“It’s an important game, like the others, and I always think that the game ahead is the most important,” noted Zidane. “I do not know if it’s a banana skin, we do not think it will be an easy game because that does not exist in football.
“It will be a difficult place to go and against an opponent who has been doing very well lately.
“It is not the injury that [Varane] had before, neither the last one nor the penultimate one, it is next to where he has the scar.”
Kicking off at 21:30 CET on Wednesday night, Madrid play after Barcelona’s fixture with Sevilla, hoping that the Andalusians can deliver them a helping hand in the title race.