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GETTYReal Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo does not want Zinedine Zidane to pick Isco in Karim Benzema's place

Zidane, who this week confirmed he has renewed his contract with Madrid until 2020, said he was not worried about the team being jeered by fans at the Bernabeu, but made a plea for their support.

This was followed by Wednesday's 2-2 Copa del Rey draw at home to Segunda side Numancia, meaning Madrid have won just one of their last four games in all competitions, leading to the first sustained criticism of Zidane's reign.

Benzema's injury has handed Zidane the chance to change his tactics in a bid to get the best out of his big name players.

But for some reason he is not firing in the league and, as we have seen, Real lack the alternatives to cope. This inefficiency in the attack has cost Real Madrid to no end and they need to find the answers quickly to savour the season. We're not in as bad a place as people say.

'Real Madrid means that you have to win every game, being second is not worth it. Pochettino has played in Spain for Espanyol and Real are known admirers of the 45-year-old, as are most top club side in Europe.

"I don't need anyone". You can change, but that would be in June. Barcelona and Celta Vigo, who drew 1-1 in the first game, meet at the Nou Camp on Thursday (20:30 GMT).

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GETTYReal Madrid playmaker Isco has had a hand in eight goals in 16 La Liga appearances this season

The way things were barely five months ago, it is shocking to see how the tables have quickly turned. "As they always have done". Flooring all the rumours of the club lining up replacements after his ordinary mentoring this season, Zidane told AS, "It is already signed".

They will face Paris Saint-Germain, who recruited Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and targeted at the title, in Champions League round of 16.

Madrid's gaffer finds himself under increasing pressure with the Champions League winners a massive 16 points adrift of Barcelona in the title race. All the questions, things you think about bad play or whatever, it could be. That comes from winning games. We saw it as very difficult to do, and he has achieved it.

The Argentine midfielder, who is expected to leave PSG during the winter transfer window, said he had "personal issues to deal with" but expressed his commitment to the club. "I think we will do that".

Karim Benzema remains a doubt, while Marcos Llorente will be sidelined after suffering a shoulder injury against Numancia and Sergio Ramos is still out with a muscle problem.

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