Publicado: Jue, Noviembre 02, 2017
Deporte | By Armando Espinosa

Zidane ahead of the Spurs game: 'I work best under the pressure'

Zidane ahead of the Spurs game: 'I work best under the pressure'

"The league's long", Zidane said and on Monday night Ramos insisted he had overcome eight points before.

Things change quickly in football. 11 games unbeaten and serene progress on all fronts: good stuff.

It hasn't helped matters that the two players most relied upon to help shoulder the responsibility - Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale - have been plagued by injury this season. But taken together, they perhaps provide just the slightest cause for concern.

It's with some pressure that Real Madrid will be facing Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The reality also is that Real Madrid hasn't been playing very well. For Girona supporters, as unlikely as it may have seemed following last week's Copa del Rey defeat against Levante, Sunday's 2-1 victory over Real Madrid really was a case of 'pinch me I'm dreaming' after an incredibly-telling week both on and off the pitch for Machin's men. "We will have better days and our rivals will eventually lose points". This was a performance unworthy of the club, of the standing Zidane has given the team in the past two seasons.

Lionel Messi has scored more goals and provided more assists than Ronaldo so far in 2017 but the voters clearly remember what the Real Madrid star did in the latter stages of last season's Champions League. From the first to last whistle, Girona - as they have done time and time again - illustrated that they're simply not in La Liga to make up the numbers.

Madrid appear to be flailing.

Madrid are [2.2] to win outright, which may tempt some, but a more profitable way to approach the away victory is via the Correct Score market.

Spanish TV does interesting work analysing player reactions during the game, and during Madrid's weekend loss, they caught Marcelo arguing with Luka Modric after one of Girona's goals. The finishing and play in the final third was lacklustre, as it has been for most of the season, the defence was wide open. Their first three results at the Bernabeu this season were draws against Levante and Valencia and a defeat to Real Betis. The Madrid defense picked up the rebound and started a quick counterattack which culminated with Isco scoring a few seconds later after Cristiano Ronaldo's shot was partly saved by goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.

His self-confidence is to be admired.

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