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  • Madrid confirm Modric and Marcelo injury...

    Luka Modric and Marcelo have sustained respective abductor and hamstring injuries, Real Madrid confirmed on Monday. The pair were substituted during Saturday's 2-1 La Liga success at home to Malaga, as the European champions bounced back from successive defeats to Sevilla and Ce...

    Madrid confirm Modric and Marcelo injury blows, but offer no timescale on recovery

    Luka Modric and Marcelo have sustained respective abductor and hamstring injuries, Real Madrid confirmed on Monday. The pair were substituted during Saturday's 2-1 La Liga success at home to Malaga, as the European champions bounced back from successive defeats to Sevilla and Celta Vigo. Zidane frustrated at injury list But the win came at a cost, with head coach Zinedine Zidane expressing his frustration at seeing the pair added to an injury list that already includes Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Dani Carvajal, Pepe, Danilo and Fabio Coentrao. He said: "I am a bit upset with the injuries. My mind is a bit blown. We have a big game Wednesday and injuries are screwing it up. "A lot of the season is still left and like I always say, we will be needing every player." Ramos sets new Liga goal record A club statement confirmed Modric had suffered an injury to his right abductor, while Marcelo has a grade II tear in his left hamstring. Madrid gave no indication of a possible recovery for timescale for either player, although they seem certain to miss the Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg at Celta on Wednesday, when Zidane's side will look to overturn a 2-1 deficit.

  • 'We don't need them kicking us when we a...

    Real Madrid defeated Malaga on Saturday but they were still booed by their own fans, much to the annoyance of Sergio Ramos. Ramos at the double as Madrid edge past Malaga The Real Madrid captain called on the fans to be more supportive of the La Liga leaders following his match...

    'We don't need them kicking us when we are down' - Ramos tells booing Madrid fans to support players

    Real Madrid defeated Malaga on Saturday but they were still booed by their own fans, much to the annoyance of Sergio Ramos. Ramos at the double as Madrid edge past Malaga The Real Madrid captain called on the fans to be more supportive of the La Liga leaders following his match-winning brace. Ramos scored twice during the final 10 minutes of the first half as Madrid defeated Malaga 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. The victory ended a run of back-to-back defeats in all competitions, while extending Madrid's lead atop the table to four points over Sevilla and five on Barcelona, with their two closest rivals due to play on Sunday. However, Madrid were still subjected to boos by their own fans in the Spanish capital, much to the annoyance of Ramos. "I've always said that we can never change the Bernabeu," the 30-year-old said. Zidane defends Ronaldo over dip in form "I've spent many years here and like Marcelo said after the Cup game the other day, all of the great players have been whistled here at some point. It's a wake-up call to make the team respond. "But it's in the difficult moments that we need them to be behind us, not kicking us when we are down. "We know how our fans are and we like the way they are. The objective is that we all take this forward together."

  • Zidane urges Madrid fans to stick with R...

    Zinedine Zidane has encouraged Real Madrid fans to have patience and support Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema after their indifferent showings in a 2-1 La Liga win over Malaga. 'Chelsea now have Barcelona's Pedro' After delivering an uncharacteristically poor performance aga...

    Zidane urges Madrid fans to stick with Ronaldo and Benzema

    Zinedine Zidane has encouraged Real Madrid fans to have patience and support Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema after their indifferent showings in a 2-1 La Liga win over Malaga. 'Chelsea now have Barcelona's Pedro' After delivering an uncharacteristically poor performance against Celta Vigo in midweek, Ronaldo missed a number of chances on Saturday as Benzema was also jeered by his own supporters. While recognising his forwards' disappointing form, Zidane urged the Madrid fans to stand by the duo, while insisting the club's injury crisis is of greater concern at this stage. "We are finding it hard to score and opponents are doing us damage," the Madrid coach said. "We need to be relaxed and rest, we are generally happy with the scoreline. "We must also have patience with the forwards. Karim and Cristiano have scored goals, maybe not in the last games, but I am not concerned. "We had chances to score more, but we got two and it is a fair result. We must continue working as we have been. [It] is a good result in general. "When you have difficulties, you need [the supporters] to be calm and support the team. I can only ask for everyone to remain calm. "The fans will always demand more. We know that, but sometimes the players and the coaches need more affection from their fans. Our fans are very demanding. "I understand the sentiments of the people. It is an audience that always want more from their team, but, sometimes, over the season, with many games, many injuries, the players need some affection, and the coach too. 'Pogba could be Man Utd's next Memphis' "It is not the form of the attackers which worries me at the moment, it is more the injuries." With Luka Modric and Marcelo the club's latest injury victims, Madrid ended the game with Lucas Vasquez at right-back - a source of frustration for Zidane. "Lucas did perfect, but I do not like playing him there," he added. "He is not a full-back. As always, he did phenomenal - even out of position."

  • Zidane frustrated as Marcelo and Modric ...

    Zinedine Zidane conceded he is becoming hugely frustrated by Real Madrid's injury list after both Marcelo and Luka Modric were forced off against Malaga. Marcelo had to come off in the first half of his side's 2-1 home victory in LaLiga, prompting a tactical reshuffle with Isco...

    Zidane frustrated as Marcelo and Modric add to Madrid's injury worries

    Zinedine Zidane conceded he is becoming hugely frustrated by Real Madrid's injury list after both Marcelo and Luka Modric were forced off against Malaga. Marcelo had to come off in the first half of his side's 2-1 home victory in LaLiga, prompting a tactical reshuffle with Isco coming off the bench and Lucas Vazquez moving to an unfamiliar right-back role.  Modric was also replaced in the closing stages – Mateo Kovacic coming on – adding to Dani Carvajal and Pepe, who are already out, while fellow defenders Danilo and Fabio Coentrao also have fitness issues. James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale are among the attacking players out of action, leaving Zidane's resources stretched to the limit ahead of Wednesday's Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg at Celta Vigo, with Madrid trailing 2-1 on aggregate.  "Luka has an issue, some discomfort," Zidane told reporters after the match. "We hope it is not serious. We will see on Sunday with a scan. We don't know the exact problem yet.  "Marcelo's injury is more complicated and they will both undergo more tests. "Coentrao has a problem too, and the Castilla team are not here this weekend, otherwise I would have put in one of the youngsters. "Danilo felt discomfort after Friday's training and in the morning wasn't feeling well so we decided to rest him. I am a bit upset with the injuries. My mind is a bit blown. We have a big game Wednesday and injuries are screwing it up. "A lot of the season is still left and like I always say, we will be needing every player."

  • Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga: Zidane's men bou...

    Sergio Ramos scored twice as Real Madrid got back on track with a 2-1 La Liga win over Malaga at the Santiago Bernabeu. Madrid had lost their previous two games in all competitions but have now extended their lead at the top of the table to four points over Sevilla and five on B...

    Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga: Zidane's men bounce back through Ramos' double

    Sergio Ramos scored twice as Real Madrid got back on track with a 2-1 La Liga win over Malaga at the Santiago Bernabeu. Madrid had lost their previous two games in all competitions but have now extended their lead at the top of the table to four points over Sevilla and five on Barcelona, with their two closest title rivals not playing until Sunday. Ramos scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the first half having been set up by two Toni Kroos set pieces. That moved the defender on to six league goals, already his best return in a league season. Juanpi grabbed a goal back for Malaga in the second half to set up an exciting finish, but Madrid held on despite Cristiano Ronaldo squandering chances to put the result beyond doubt. Malaga stay 13th after their fourth consecutive La Liga defeat. They have not won an away top-flight match since March, a run spanning 13 games. Karim Benzema – in as one of three Madrid changes – missed two early chances created by Lucas Vazquez, his header bouncing over before he attempted an ill-advised flick from a good shooting opportunity. Ronaldo was also guilty of a poor finish, Kroos' through ball sending the forward racing clear, but he could not beat goalkeeper Carlos Kameni with a tame strike. Malaga almost punished those misses, with Chory Castro collecting Adalberto Penaranda's pass and firing an impressive strike against the post from 18 yards, with Keylor Navas well beaten. Zidane had to make a tactical reshuffle when Marcelo suffered an injury, with Isco coming on, but that did not stop Madrid from taking the lead on 35 minutes. Kroos – La Liga's top assist-maker – floated in a corner that was powerfully headed in by Ramos from 12 yards. And that duo combined again three minutes before the break, Kroos' inswinging free-kick touched in by a stretching Ramos from inside the six-yard box, despite Malaga claiming for offside. It could have been three before half-time, with Malaga defender Mikel Villanueva relieved after he deflected Benzema's cut-back against his own crossbar. But the visitors got one back in the 63rd minute. Juankar drove inside from the left and forced Navas to parry, with Juanpi staying cool to pick his spot from the rebound and claim his first league goal since August. Malaga almost grabbed an immediate equaliser in their next attack, Castro bursting through to force a good diving save from Navas. Madrid could have sealed the victory in bizarre fashion when Kameni completely missed Martín Demichelis' backpass and frantically slid to stop the ball crossing the line, before saving a follow-up effort from the onrushing Ronaldo. Ronaldo's frustrating afternoon continued when he chested down Isco's pass and fired an effort against the post. Kameni again kept out the Portugal international from a tight angle in Madrid's next attack as the hosts settled for a narrow - but important - victory.

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