Zinedine Zidane not concerned by Real Madrid's rocky start

Marcelo ruled out with hamstring tear

Marcelo ruled out with hamstring tear

They face a peculiar test in Real Madrid who has also had an underwhelming start to the season.

Brazil global Marcelo, who has been at the Santiago Bernabeu since 2007, suffered the injury in Wednesday's shock 1-0 loss at home to Real Betis and scans have now revealed the extent of the problem.

"We're not thinking the league is already lost".

"I hope he won't score because we're competitors, him from his side and me from mine".

"My job is more than just scoring goals - you have to be involved in team play, linking-up with teammates, creating chances, working spaces and here the scrutiny and demands are higher than anywhere". We haven't been able to score goals and that has been the problem, but I'm not anxious.

"I'm not anxious and I'm not thinking too much about why this is happening, our job is to analyse and improve". I would be more anxious if we hadn't made chances. In fact, the Real Madrid boss is set to be without as many as six first-team players due to several injury concerns. Racking up a staggering 145 caps in the process, Ramos is one of the defensive greats in Spanish footballing history.

"We have dropped seven points in a small number of games but there is a long way to go and we can't throw everything we have done until now in the bin because of two or three average games", insisted Zidane.

"Results have not gone our way", he said.

"Obviously the press is here to talk about the results and I respect that but we aren't going to change. I am desperate to play and let's see if we can take a point off them".

"People can think [the league is over] if they want". It's just started. You can be 10-15 points behind and you can rise and fall, everybody is going to have bad spells. I don't have to give him any tips about football at the moment.

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