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Zidane confirms Benzema is ready to face Atletico de Madrid

The French coach speaks to the press ahead of Saturday's Madrid Derby.

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Zinedine Zidane confirmed that Karim Benzema has recovered from his injury and will be ready to face Atletico de Madrid this Saturday.

"Benzema will be included in the list, he's ready," said the French coach. "Our gameplan will not change depending on who makes the starting XI for us. We know we are facing a tough opponent but we cannot change the way we play," he added.

Casemiro and Ramos had been questionable all week long. The Brazilian midfielder will not play but Ramos will almost surely lead Real's defensive line.

"Casemiro still has a ways to go, but he's better and we'll see next week if he can rejoin the group. Sergio [Ramos] trained with us the whole week and we'll see tomorrow if he makes the lineup," explained Zidane. "He's doing a fine job leading the squad but I am not surprised about his leadership."

Zidane doesn't want to talk about who's the favorite to win the match.

"It's a 50-50 game, it's just another game and I don't feel more pressure about it. We have to play with intensity from the get go, that's what he have to do, it will be a very tough game but we're used to play those matches," he said.

Alvaro Morata suffered a hamstring injury during Spain's friendly against England. When asked about his injury, Zidane was a man of few words.

"Things happen, I am not going to blame anybody, but we are frustrated with his injury. Now we want him to be calm and recover soon, that's it. I don't know for sure what happened and I am not a doctor, we have to be patient," he said about Morata's controversial injury.

Real Madrid will face Atletico knowing that they'll be nine points ahead of them if they manage to get an away win at the Calderon.

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