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Title defence: Zidane declares operation fight to the finish


Zinedine Zidane is adamant Real Madrid will “fight until the end” of their LaLiga title defence as they kept the deficit to city rivals Atletico to five points with a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The Real head coach acknowledged his side were below par in the first half, with Luis Suarez’s deft finish with the outside of his right boot inside the first quarter of an hour looking like it might be the decisive moment.

But Real were an improved outfit in the second half and, although they left it late, Karim Benzema’s 88th-minute equaliser ensured the visitors did not slip eight points behind the league leaders.

Zidane it is battle all the way

“Atletico were the better team in the first half and we were the better team in the second, I think we deserved it,” Zidane told a press conference. “We had chances and got back into it.

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“At the end of the day the important thing for us was to put in another good second-half display and change the game, and we did that. It’s a point, we’re alive and we’re going to keep fighting.

“Our aim is to keep fighting. There’s still a long way to go in LaLiga and a lot of points at stake, we’re going to fight until the end. Things can change quickly. We’re doing the right things.




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