Real held by Celta Vigo

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"But apart from that we had a good game, and they did what they had to do".

But in spite of Madrid now struggling at the 4th position in the La Liga table, trailing 16 points behind table-toppers Barcelona, Zidane was awarded the French football manager of the year by a French magazine.

Real's bid to win the Champions League for a third season running depends on overcoming big-spending Paris St Germain in the last 16, a tall order for a side playing as poorly as Zinedine Zidane's men.

Real Madrid fielded an nearly unrecognizable team and struggled into the Copa del Rey quarterfinals on Wednesday after a 2-2 draw against second division Numancia.

"I go home and I get together with my wife or with my sons and I go to see a show or to have dinner".

The French club PSG also mentioned its willingness to acquire the cherished player, but it looks like the Portuguese footballer is still more inclined to move to England.

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The last time Real were 16 points behind the Liga leaders was during Jose Mourinho's tension-filled final campaign in 2012-13, when they finished 15 points adrift of Barca. Zidane had a longer than usual talk with his players before training yesterday, saying it's his responsibility to keep them motivated despite the team's struggles in the Spanish league.

Sport report that Madrid president Florentino Perez has already made a decision to call time on Zidane's reign at the end of the campaign and has held talks with the 45-year-old's replacement.

"Today he had a chance on the counter before [the Celta equaliser], but he is always a reference for us, a vital player".

Tottenham fans were certainly impressed by what they saw last night as Bale struck two first half goals against Celta, with some calling for a spectacular return. Gareth Bale has returned from injury, he is an important player who gives the team a lot of strength. I do not think further than that.

"We have a squad, I believe in my squad. You have to go match by match". Barcelona are out of sight, out of mind at the top, but Real will undoubtedly want to improve on their league standing.

Vazquez, who won two penalties for Madrid in the first leg, slammed home his second from close range in the 59th minute.