Zinedine Zidane believes the negative reaction to Real Madrid's last-gasp win over Juventus has been "disgraceful, upsetting and deceptive", and borne out of jealousy towards the European champions. There are "antimadridistas" and we can't change that.
Saturday's prematch news conference ahead of Sunday evening's La Liga trip to bottom side Malaga was completely dominated by questions about a supposed "anti-madridista" tone to the media coverage.
Asked if he felt "hatred" was being aimed at the Bernabeu, Zidane did not reject the suggestion. It was not that Juventus were the better team, and were robbed. We work very hard to be in top form and we deserve everything that we have accomplished over the past few seasons. Everyone is allowed their own opinion on the penalty-kick decision.
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"What Buffon said, he said", Zidane said. We must accept his feelings.
"They're prestigious opponents, but we trust our players and for a long time now they have shown what they are capable of".
Asked if his side had showed any potential weaknesses in nearly blowing a 3-0 first leg advantage, Zidane defended his players' performance. "The other day they played a great game". We think about training well, and we've got to be positive and not think about bad refereeing. In the end the game went as it did. "No team will have the upper hand, maybe us playing the return leg at home, but I would say the tie is evenly balanced, 50-50".
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Zinedine Zidane left stars including Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale out of his squad after Madrid survived a dramatic fightback by Juventus in midweek, with Marcelo and Toni Kroos named on the bench.
Malaga started the second half with increased confidence but an off-target Alberto Bueno header was the closest they came to levelling the scores.
It'll be more hard after the Champions League match because we made an enormous effort, but we've managed ourselves really well in the last three days and now we're prepared to do well in another LaLiga game. We know it will be hard, they will give everything against us.
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