Zidane slams 'jealous' Real Madrid critics

Malaga 1-2 Real: Isco and Casemiro down ideye's team

Real Madrid return to domestic action on Sunday as they travel to La Liga's bottom side Malaga. Zidane should shuffle his system once again for a league game, changing the formation to a 4-4-2.

A fine free-kick from the playmaker that curled away from Roberto Jimenez was the 25th set-piece goal scored by Madrid, more than any LaLiga club this season, giving Zidane's men a first-half lead.

Champions Madrid are fourth in the Liga standings with 64 points and a win at Malaga, rock bottom with 17 points and 14 adrift from safety, would lift Zidane's side above Valencia and up to third.

Isco gives Real the lead with a flawless free-kick. It's a 50/50. Bayern are better this year, they're competing really well.


"There's no reason for us to believe that this game will be any more hard than the rest of them". I'm really disappointed with what's been said. "I've seen them (Malaga) and their position is surprising".

He added: "It will be more hard after the Champions League match because the effort has been enormous, but we have managed, very well, the three days (since the game) and now we are ready for another league match".

Despite the result, there were few positives for Real Madrid to take. Upfront, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are expected to be the strike partners, with Cristiano Ronaldo likely to be omitted from the matchday squad altogether, as has been the case of late against lowly opposition.

Malaga, meanwhile, could find themselves within one game from relegation should Levante claim victory at Atletico Madrid, and they fail to secure anything against Real, with the gap between the Segunda-bound table-proppers and safety now 14 points with only seven games remaining.

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