Leganes 1 - 1 R Madrid | 15 April 2019


I am preparing for this, I am training hard and hopefully I can play the final few games this season for Madrid, then be called up by the national team.

Leganes, who are now 10 points clear of the bottom three, led through Jonathan Silva at the Butarque Municipal Stadium before Benzema hauled Zinedine Zidane's misfiring side level early in the second half. They are planning on offloading a number of players also.

He simply can not be replaced, according to Zidane, which may sound great but it really doesn't help solve the problem that Madrid now face.

Real Madrid stumbled to a 1-1 La Liga draw at Leganes on Monday, the latest disappointing result in a nightmare season for the European champions.

"It looks like we do not have much confidence", Zidane said.

"He's a great player that brings calm". Everyone speaks about Toni, and other players, in terms of whether I want them or not.

Benzema: "Benzema can play with everyone because the good players are like that".

Asked if Benzema annoyed by persistent talk that the Bernabeu hierarchy would sign a new striker this summer, Zidane said: "I don't know - you'd have to ask him about that". Today I wanted to make a change, that's all.

However, the Wales global has endured a considerable amount of criticism from supporters this season, many of whom feel he hasn't sufficiently filled the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo's departure to Juventus. We'll see who stays and who goes, but that doesn't change what I think about Kroos.

Zidane's men are third in LaLiga, five points behind their city rivals Atletico Madrid, who eased past Celta Vigo 2-0 on Saturday.