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Published: 0147 GMT April 25, 2021

Zidane insists Real has not thrown in towel on La Liga hopes

Zidane insists Real has not thrown in towel on La Liga hopes

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane looks on as his team plays Real Betis in La Liga at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid, Spain, on April 24, 2021.

Zinedine Zidane insisted Real Madrid’s title hopes are not over despite being held to a goalless draw by Real Betis.

Los Blancos dominated possession and managed 17 shots at goal, but the closest they came to breaking the deadlock was Rodrygo’s miss-hit cross that struck the bar, reported.

The draw means Real missed the chance to draw level on points with leader Atletico Madrid, who can move five points clear with victory over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

When asked by reporters whether the Liga title was now lost, Zidane said, "I don't think so. It's true that there are two points lost today but I don't think so.

“I think we have to continue, we've tried, we've missed something offensively, with the ball, but I don't think the league is decided."


Hazard boost


The one bright spot of a largely frustrating evening for Real was the return to fitness of Eden Hazard, who came on as a 77th minute substitute for just his second appearance since the end of January after a succession of niggling injuries.

Reflecting on the former Chelsea winger’s performance, Zidane added, “Well, it's just a few minutes. He's been out for almost three months, but I see him fine.

“He can contribute. I think he played 15-20 minutes with spark, with energy. Most importantly, nothing bothered him. He is going to contribute and we are going to need him."

Real Madrid has little time to dwell on its frustrating evening against Betis, with Chelsea next up in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal on Tuesday.

Los Blancos then host Osasuna in La Liga next weekend before traveling to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of their Champions League semifinal on May 5.



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