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Zidane: “Despite a difficult season, we’re in the title race on the final day”

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The coach looked ahead to Matchday 38.

Athletic Club v Real Madrid - La Liga Santander Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Real Madrid still have a chance of winning the 2020/21 LaLiga Santander title. They’ll host Villarreal on the final day, ready to pounce if Atlético Madrid slip up in Valladolid. Speaking after their 1-0 win over Athletic Club on Sunday, Zidane insisted that the team will give their all, saying: “The win and three points from today are what’s important. We’ll fight to the end. We’re happy with this very very good match we played.”

Asked about the reports that he will leave at the end of the season, Zidane dismissed that and spoke against about Matchday 38. He said: “How could I tell my players at this moment that I’m leaving? No. It’s a lie. I’m focused on this season. We have one match left and that’s all that I care about. We’re fighting for a lot. Despite having a very difficult year, we’re in the fight. Let’s hope we can win this title in the final match. We’ll give our every last drop.”

Asked for some words about Nacho, Zidane had a few, even if he was brief. He said: “[That Nacho should stay at Real Madrid for the rest of his career] is clear. Very clear. He deserves to be here.”

Finally, the issue of handballs and penalties came up again, after the Jon Morcillo incident. He said: “I don’t want to get in to that again. The referee tries to do his job as best as possible. I just try to do my work.”