Saturday, 27 February 2016

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid - Preview

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Real Madrid will not give up on the La Liga title race even if they lose to city rivals Atletico on Saturday, says boss Zinedine Zidane.

Zidane's side, who are without the injured Gareth Bale, are nine points off leaders Barcelona and one point behind Atletico with 13 games left.

"Whatever happens, we won't be saying goodbye to La Liga," said Zidane.

"We're not going to give up until the end because there are points to play for."

Atletico had three days fewer to prepare, having faced PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Wednesday.

"I don't organise the fixtures," said Zidane. "The important thing is to prepare well for the game.

"Every week it's someone's turn to prepare with not a lot of time to rest."

Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo said: "It is an important game, at home, in front of the fans, against a tough opponent that defends well. It is a game that we have to win.

"We know that La Liga is difficult but we need to fight until the end."

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