Published: Mon, April 03, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Zidane suggests Varane's injury issues may be playing on his mind


"The French manager did many changes in the line-up because Los Blancos will have to play many important games in April and with the players who don't play in the usual starting 11, Real Madrid didn't do a good match:" We know we must improve, but playing every three days you can not always play good the 90 minutes. Barcelona is just two points behind Cristiano Ronaldo's crew.

Real Madrid stayed atop of the Primera Division table with a 3-0 victory over Alaves at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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"Playing every three days you can't always play perfectly for 90 minutes", said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

Real Madrid have kept a clean sheet for the first time since a game against Espanyol in February, which was the last time Kiko Casilla started.

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In the absence of the suspended Lionel Messi, Neymar's underlined his growing status within the Barcelona team by registering his 100th goal for the club in a 4-1 romp at Granada.

Isco scored Madrid's second goal with a powerful finish five minutes from time - his fifth strike in his last six league starts - and had a season-high 101 touches in an influential performance. "We know that that is what we have and at any moment we can hurt our rivals". On the other end, Alaves is in the 10th position with 40 points. Bale's freekick comes back off the bar with the goalkeeper tipping it on to the woodwork, but Nacho was on hand to head home the rebound.

Deyverson headed over from point-blank range from Theo Hernandez's cross before Mendez passed up the visitors' best chance when he slotted wide when unmarked at the back post.

Sevilla's unsettling week was rounded off by a fifth game without a win as Sporting Gijon withstood an onslaught at the Sanchez Pizjuan to escape with a point.

Ahead of nine games in April, including huge clashes with Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Zidane named a much changed XI.

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