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Post-Match Press Conference (El Clásico 2016/17): Real Madrid 2 - 3 FC Barcelona

Zidane: “We pushed very high up and that's dangerous, so we've paid for it in the end.”

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Zidane took questions from the press on Madrid’s disappointing defeat to FC Barcelona.

On Real Madrid’s Opportunities to Kill the Game

The way we look at it is we had chances to score and kill the game off. That's where we're a little disappointed, with the opportunities we had. We've had a lot of matches where we create many chances and fail to score. You end up paying for that. Barcelona know how to play the game and they can hurt you.

It would have been better to win, but you have to accept it. Both sides had lots of chances. In football when you have so many chances, you have to put them away. We’re going to try to change this.

On the Ramos Red Card Decision

The referee has decided to show Sergio a red card and we have to accept it. I've got nothing to be angry with my players about. We're going to keep doing things in the same way, perhaps there's still a long way to go in LaLiga after today but nothing much has changed. It's still in our hands and we're going to move on and think about Wednesday's game. It was an opportunity to take three points, but not to clinch LaLiga.

On the Disastrous Decision to Press Late in the Game

Of course we thought we could get the third goal. I'm not saying we lost our heads but with the scores level and with ten men, we pushed very high up and that's dangerous, so we've paid for it in the end.

I'm not going to blame my players. We always try and win the game and we just didn't manage it today. We've lost three points and we're disappointed because over the course of the game we didn't deserve to lose.

On Whether This is a Blow to Real Madrid’s Confidence

I don't think so. These things happen and it's not going to change the way we're doing things. We were up against great opposition. It's still down to us and we're going to stay positive until the end. Now we have to rest up and turn our attentions to Wednesday's game.

I don’t think this defeat is definitive. If I thought that, I'd stop coaching tomorrow. It’s not easy to equalize a game with ten men. We had many chances and at 2-2 we almost got the third. This is not going to change our style or our approach”.

On Gareth Bale

He said he was fine and eager to play. I don’t regret it. I'm disappointed for him because he wanted to play and this is something we can’t control. Tomorrow we’ll have a look and see what injury he has and I hope he’ll not be out long.

On Lionel Messi

We must congratulate him, thats it. He had chances and scored. That's not going to change anything we're going to do until the end of the season.

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