Real Madrid want to convince Varane to stay with pay rise

Real Madrid want to convince Varane to stay with pay rise

Real Madrid want to convince Varane to stay with pay rise

Ezequiel GARAY scored the match victor for Valencia in their 2-1 win against Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane appeared in the Mestalla press room to assess the clash with Valencia: "We started the game strongly with good possession, pressing high up". They got two goals against us nearly out of nowhere.

He trains well and the season is complicated for everyone, not only Marcelo. "We want to finish this season as high as possible, this defeat makes that more hard". We must accept that sometimes you have bad moments.

"But these players are professionals and when they put on the shirt of this team they know they have to go for it and they do it".

Asked if it was hard to motivate a team with nothing really left to play for this season, Zidane said his players would keep battling and looking to improve over the remaining weeks of the season. "We are going to leave no stone unturned".

"This is not an exam at all because these people are Real Madrid players", Zidane added. "But we must accept hard moments, that is part of the life of a player".

Valencia, who have reached the Copa del Rey final and the quarter-finals of the Europa League, have Champions League qualification in their sights after climbing up to fifth in the table on 46 points, one behind fourth-placed Getafe.

"If we always talk about the same thing we will not play for anything", he said.

"When you play against an opponent of this level, if you do not take advantage of your opportunities, they have them and they do".

"It's Ole's job to do some convincing now, convince players like Pogba and David de Gea that they're better off at Old Trafford".

In the three games Madrid played since his arrival, the team struggled to show their quality, in both their victories against Celta Vigo and Huesca home, as well as their defeat to Valencia.

Levante evened the match with two second-half goals, including one in the 89th minute, but the hosts recovered after Muniain was fouled inside the area and scored from the spot.

After resting a number of players in the narrow win over bottom of the league Huesca on Sunday, Zidane played close to a full strength side in this encounter, with Gareth Bale being dropped to the bench.

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