Real Madrid Manager Zinedine Zidane Criticises Media Negativity Ahead of Villarreal Clash

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Zinedine Zidane has defended Real Madrid's form but admits his contract offers no guarantees for his long-term future at the club.

"I've seen a change in the team since our chat".

Real president Florentino Perez is looking to overhaul his squad after a season of disappointment so far, with boss Zineddine Zidane also being tipped to leave at the end of the season. We're not struggling to find our play, we're just lacking the continuity we need to get our confidence back, and we can only find that by winning games. Zidane said he hoped the notoriously hard to please Blancos hardcore got behind their players now. "I accept what is being said, but there are lots of positive things coming out of this team at the minute". It is easy to say that everything is bad, you [media] know very well it is not all negative here.

"I'm not anxious about the (atmosphere at) Bernabeu". We can't focus all on the negative. "We need the fans, just as when we are going well they should not get too high, and in moments a bit hard we need the fans with their team".

"However, we have to be calm and use good sense".

It is now clear that this team peaked last season, when they lifted Champions League and La Liga trophies, whereas los Blancos have been utterly disappointing this term.

"Of course the league is more hard because of the distance in the points between them and Barcelona, it is big".

Club captain Sergio Ramos [calf] and centre-forward Karim Benzema [hamstring] remain out injured, although Raphael Varane is expected to start against Villarreal on Saturday despite missing some training midweek with a muscle issue.

The draw means that Madrid have failed to win seven of their 15 home games in all competitions this season, while in the Liga Santander 10 points have been dropped in front of their home fans.

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