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Zidane warns Real against complacency ahead of Juve test

  • Published at 10:37 am April 9th, 2018
Zidane warns Real against complacency ahead of Juve test
Zinedine Zidane has told his players to ignore the Champions League hype around Real Madrid after they were held to a 1-1 draw by city rivals Atletico in La Liga on Sunday. Cristiano Ronaldo's 24th goal in 15 games this year was not enough to earn his side a derby victory as an Antoine Griezmann equaliser secured Diego Simeone's side a point. The result saw Real drop to fourth place in La Liga behind Valencia, who beat Espanyol 1-0 later in the day. Ronaldo was taken off shortly after the hour-mark at the Santiago Bernabeu while Luka Modric and Karim Benzema both started on the bench, with Zidane keeping one eye on Wednesday's quarter-final second leg at home to Juventus. Real boast a 3-0 advantage from the opening leg in Turin and Simeone suggested on Sunday that Los Blancos should now be considered favourites to claim a third consecutive European triumph. Zidane, however, is wary of complacency. "Everyone sees us going through to the semi-finals and that's exactly what we should not put in our head," Zidane said. "We know very well that we will have to suffer again on Wednesday." Atletico, meanwhile, will now turn their attention to the Europa League and Thursday's quarter-final second leg against Sporting Lisbon. They won the home leg 2-0 last week. They should arrive in confident mood after retaining their four-point cushion over Real in second place while it was perhaps the perfect result for leaders Barcelona, who are now 11 points clear at the top. "We deserved more today clearly, it's a shame," Zidane said. "We had many chances, but in the end we could have lost the game as well." Griezmann's goal came on his 200th appearance for Atleti while Ronaldo's was the 500th in the 161 league matches played between these two city rivals. On Griezmann, Simeone said: "He is a great player, he did not have a good start to the season and he knows it and it is not easy to reinvent himself in the way he did in November, December. "I think the presence of (Diego) Costa has helped him a lot, having strength around him which allows him to be free." RESULTS: Levante 2 (Coke 35, Campana 90+2) Las Palmas 1 (David Garcia 50) Real Madrid 1 (Ronaldo 53) Atletico Madrid 1 (Griezmann 57) Real Sociedad 5 (Canales 11, Januzaj 35, Oyarzabal 71, 85, Juanmi 88) Girona 0 Valencia 1 (Rodrigo 7) Espanyol 0 La Liga table after Sunday's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Barcelona              31 24  7  0 79 16 79 Atletico Madrid        31 20  8  3 51 15 68 Valencia               31 20  5  6 59 31 65 Real Madrid            31 19  7  5 77 34 64 Real Betis             31 15  4 12 52 53 49 Villarreal             30 14  5 11 40 34 47 Sevilla                31 14  4 13 39 50 46 Girona                 31 12  8 11 44 48 44 Celta Vigo             31 12  7 12 50 43 43 Eibar                  31 11  7 13 36 45 40 Getafe                 31 10  9 12 35 30 39 Real Sociedad          31  10  7 14 56 52 37 Athletic Bilbao        30  8 12 10 30 34 36 Leganes                31 10  6 15 26 39 36 Espanyol               31  8 12 11 26 38 36 Alaves                 31 11  2 18 28 45 35 Levante                31  6 13 12 28 45 31 Deportivo La Coruna    31  5  8 18 29 63 23 Las Palmas             31  5  6 20 22 63 21 Malaga                 31  4  5 22 19 48 17
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