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Real scoring streak facing tough Atletico test in derby

January 22 2018, 08:31 | Van Peters

Real scoring streak facing tough Atletico test in derby

Antoine Griezmann

Zinedine Zidane has admitted to being frustrated at times during Real's win at their neighbours Leganes.

Zidane has a spectacular record since taking charge in January 2016, losing just five of 73 games in charge.

Morata said: "If Conte is continuing to call me then it will be my old mobile phone because nothing has come to me".

"I am focused on what remains of this season".

"I know how big this club is, I know what it means to be coach of Real Madrid, for good and bad". I'm ready for every eventuality.

"The way the ball fell I had no other option". We're all very much looking forward to playing the derby.

"I see us as favourites".

He scored twice as Barcelona brushed aside Sevilla to keep up the pressure on Real Madrid in the La Liga title race.

He also contributed to its 4-0 rout of Madrid at home in the 2014-15 season.

James Rodriguez hasn't had the best of seasons at Real Madrid - and he's starting to express his frustration. "Their midfielders, their backs. they all know how to play". However, they've gained some momentum over the last few months and it's always very hard to beat them.

"He's continually proved that he's one of the best players on the planet". "They hurt us a lot, but now it is another story".

Zidane made wholesale changes to his team in Wednesday's 4-2 win at Leganes in preparation for the derby, resting Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos.

Sportsmail looks at what Saturday's Madrid derby has in store for the league leaders and for the team that faces Leicester next week.

His side now sit top of La Liga and face Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of this season's Champions League, making it all the stranger for him to cast doubt over his future. We need the points for our own objectives. They are intelligent people, they know the idea I have. Speaking after the 3-2 win over Villarreal, he conceded there was "no doubt" that Morata merited more game time and highlighted his usefulness in offering Madrid an escape route in close encounters.

“I am always asked about the reserves and the starters, but we are all in the same boat.

"There is no issue with James", he said.

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