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Zidane vows Real Madrid will 'fight to the end' in title race after Atletico point keeps battle open

08-Mar-2021, 01:55 am

Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid 2019-20

Zinedine Zidane has vowed that Real Madrid will "fight until the end" against Atletico Madrid after they snatched a late point against the leaders in La Liga to keep the title race ticking over.

The result leaves Los Blancos five points shy of their cross-city rivals at the summit, albeit with one more game under their belt, and Zidane says that the championswill contest their crown all the way through to the end of the season.

"The objective is this, to continue," the Frenchman saidwhen asked if Madrid still have a title shot."We know there is a lot left butwe are going to fight until the end.

"Everything can always change. We are doing things well, we can improve. It is what we are going to do.

"I am very proud of all my players. We are in the same boat and we are going to fight to the end."

Madrid were perhaps unlucky to not pull level earlier after they were turned down for a penalty call against Felipe, with the Atletico man appearing to handle the ball with his forearm and elbow.

Zidane however declined to criticise the decision in his post-match press conference, stating: "I don't mess around with the referee, his job is difficult.

"He made that decision to watch the play and not whistle, and we respect him. That's it. We know it's complicated .We can't get into that.We have to respect that.It will not change."

Madrid's late point further compounds problems for Zidane's opposite number Diego Simeone, who has seen his Atletico side slip to one win in their last four league games.

Those diminishing returns have allowed both Madrid and Barcelona to reposition themselves in the title race, having closed the gap on what had once seemed a definitive margin.

Zidane will take his side to face Elche next time out, while Atletico face off withSupercopa de Espana holders Athletic Club.


Source : goal.com

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