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Spanish Super Cup: Real are out

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"It is not a failure", he said.

"With Leo the team is stronger in terms of creativity and effectiveness, which we otherwise sometimes lack". Life is like this.

"It is always important to win things to know that we are on the road".

But even Zidane admitted on Wednesday that four days preparation was enough and there was little to suggest concern from his line-up given it was his full-strength team, the same core of players that has driven their resurgence since October.

Marco Asensio struck the woodwork no fewer than three times before Karim Benzema scored a close-range effort following a VAR check to give the Spanish champions a lifeline with 17 minutes left to play.

That ban continues with Atletico Madrid's return to action in LaLiga on Thursday and an away game at Eibar and is expected to last until the end of February. But the underdogs, Los Leones will have their eyes on a quickfire double over the two biggest clubs in Spain and a side like them with a rich legacy is capable of doing that successfully.

The Old Lady was beaten 2-0 by Inter Milan thanks to goals from Arturo Vidal and Nicolo Barella, as Antonio Conte's side moved level on points with city rival AC Milan at the top of the table.

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"We don't have tall players, and for their second goal we didn't adjust our defensive line properly and he took his goal well".

Zidane insisted he was not making excuses on Saturday when he criticised the state of the snow-dusted pitch following the goalless draw at Osasuna.

"This is for Gaizka Garitano and his coaching staff as well who brought us here", said Williams.

Antoine Griezmann will also be shown the door, just two years into his Barcelona career.

"Saying that we have got this all figured out is a bit much, but we are on the right path", Busquets said.

Zidane also expressed confidence in Eden Hazard despite his continued struggles. The has been on a goal-scoring spree. "I don't know how many times they fouled him, and it's normal to react when they keep trying to foul you as a player who is looking to dribble with the ball, but I need to see it again properly". We're sticking with him and he really wants to step up.

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