Zinedine Zidane wary of Malaga as Real Madrid return to LaLiga action

Zidane: 'People jealous of Madrid'

Zidane: 'People jealous of Madrid'

He told a pre-match press conference: "Malaga are bottom and maybe they don't deserve to be there". Los Blancos are now in fourth place in the league and know that a victory will see them leap-frog Valencia into third place.

"There's no reason for us to believe that this game will be any more hard than the rest of them".

But despite the changes made by the Frenchman, Madrid eased to a fifth consecutive away victory in all competitions thanks to a sublime showing from the increasingly influential Isco.

Despite the result, there were few positives for Real Madrid to take.

English referee Michael Oliver then awarded a contentious spot-kick in added time after ruling Mehdi Benatia had bundled Lucas Vazquez over in the box.

It'll be more hard after the Champions League match because we made an enormous effort, but we've managed ourselves really well in the last three days and now we're prepared to do well in another LaLiga game.

Isco will be monitored after taking a kick to the shin in training, while Nacho will miss out with a muscle problem. Upfront, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are expected to be the strike partners, with Cristiano Ronaldo likely to be omitted from the matchday squad altogether, as has been the case of late against lowly opposition.

Zinedine Zidane's men will be heading into the tie eyeing a much-needed confidence boost after Wednesday's fiasco, no more so than defensively, as Los Blancos somehow surrendered what seemed an unassailable three-goal advantage via shoddy work at the back. They've collected 17 points in the season in total, and need at least five wins in the last seven to have a chance at staying up.

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