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Zidane dispels Marcelo rumours: “He didn’t travel because of an injury”

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Praised the job Miguel Gutiérrez did.

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Zinedine Zidane was delighted with Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory in Granada, with his happiness clear to see on the touchline during the game and then in the post-match press conference too. The coach said: “We played a good match. We were serious from the start and I think we deserved our win. We’ll fight for the title until the end.”

Zidane was asked about Marcelo and the reasons behind his absence, after it had been reported that the left-back and the coach had an argument in the days before the match. But, Zidane dismissed that rumour, saying: “No, no, no, no. He had an injury niggle and that’s why he didn’t come with us. We didn’t want to risk him.”

Miguel Gutiérrez filled in for Marcelo and did a great job and Zidane was asked about the 19-year-old. On Gutiérrez, he said: “He did well, him and Marvin and everyone in the team. Miguel played because we didn’t have Ferland Mendy or Marcelo and I think he was phenomenal. I’m happy for him. He is a Real Madrid player.”