Zidane reacts to Real Madrid draw against Levante

La Liga By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 16/04/2019

Real Madrid manager Zinedine has reacted to his team draw against Leganes in their last La Liga clash on Monday at the Estadio Burtarque.

The host went ahead at the end of the first half by Real Madrid rallied back to earn a draw after Karim Benzema’s leveller.

"I as the coach and they as the players have to try," Zidane told a press conference. "We have to try and perform better because it's our duty.

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"We didn't have a good first half but improved after the break. We all have to give a bit more.”

Benzema has scored seven goals in Real's last six league games and Zidane paid tribute to the France striker as speculation mounts over his future.

"Benzema is having a very good season, particularly as far as goals are concerned," Zidane said. "He's a fantastic player and this season he's scoring far more goals. I'm delighted for him.

"He's used to rumours, but that won't change anything for him. He's shown his character and he's doing a good job for the team.”

Gareth Bale was introduced into the game with nine minutes to go and made just little impact in the game.

"Bale is an important player in this squad," added Zidane, who gave Wales forward no assurances over his future last week after he had been booed off at the end of Real's narrow win 

"I wanted to make changes today and that's it. It's difficult to get into a game when you only play 10 or 15 minutes, but substitutions are made to change the game and we were unable to do that."