Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Man City attacker wanted as part of major Real Madrid revamp

Man City attacker wanted as part of major Real Madrid revamp

"It's signed", Zidane told reporters in the post-match press conference after Real Madrid played out a 2-2 draw with Numancia, securing their spot in the semifinals with an aggregate score of 5-2. Lucas Vazquez twice gave Real the lead but Guillermo Fernandez equalised on each occasion.

Already 3-0 ahead from the first leg, coach Zinedine Zidane could afford to rest his superstars with one eye on La Liga, where they are 16 points behind Barcelona, and the Champions League last 16 with a clash against Paris Saint- Germain next month.

Guillermo, who had just come on for the injured Higinio Marin, found a flawless low cross from Marc Mateu, who was fed on the left with Dani Nieto charging into space.

Numancia ended the game with 10 men after captain Dani Calvo was red-carded in the dying moments.

Despite losing 2-1 at Villarreal, who are now sixth in La Liga, Leganes progressed on away goals having won the first leg 1-0.

Leganes winger Nabil El Zhar scored a delicious chip to break the deadlock, with Dani Raba's well-taken strike and Denis Cheryshev's late victor completing a Villarreal comeback that was not enough to send the hosts through.

The Spanish giants have won just nine of their first 17 matches and sit behind both Valencia and Atletico Madrid in the table.

"It's signed", said the French star after his side drew 2-2 with Numancia.

The weekend setback, coming in its first league game since the demoralizing 3-0 home loss to Barcelona previous year, reignited talks of a crisis at the Spanish giant.

Real Madrid is now struggling, placed 4 in the league and is 16 points off the top of the table, as fierce rivals Barcelona look favorites to win the La Liga this season. Talking about his simple approach towards managing a big team and the uncertain situations in football, Zidane reckoned that he can't imagine himself as a coach for two, three years. "I know how it goes, nothing more, even with this contract it does not change anything".

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