Real Madrid are running rampant in the Champions League this season, but this weekend they're playing in La Liga, which has been a much different story.
"We would love to play all our games here at the Bernabeu", Zidane said when asked if his side were negatively affected by the demanding atmosphere of their stadium.
Things are hardly as bad at the Bernabeu in 2017-18, but Zidane will be targeting Sunday's match to kick-start his domestic campaign with a convincing victory over a side that have never got the better of him and have as yet failed to score a single goal against the Frenchman, while losing their last 10 in all competitions against Real. We can change all of [the talk about poor home form] tomorrow.
"We have to prove ourselves again every day". Keeping himself at bay, Zidane cleared himself by saying he will be the last one to get involved in such issues as the discussion is between the club and player.
By that time, Real Madrid were already ahead through Isco's opener, but the visitors' renewed intensity and tempo after the restart changed the dynamic of the contest.
Sanchez Flores succeeded Benitez at Real Madrid's reserves and his work there garnered similar plaudits, leading to admiring glances from Getafe and later Valencia, who he guided to two consecutive Champions League qualifications.
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With a World Cup qualifier in Georgia looming on Friday, 6 October, Wales will await the result nervously even though Real boss Zinedine Zidane says it is "a small problem".
Madrid's struggles this season can be highlighted by one weird statistic: They are winless at home in the Bernabeu in La Liga so far this season, with two draws and one loss in league action.