Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane to offload eight Real Madrid stars?

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane to offload eight Real Madrid stars?

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane to offload eight Real Madrid stars?

REAL MADRID flew out to Cyprus to take on APOEL in the Champions League without star centre-back Sergio Ramos.

Los Blancos are already 10 points adrift of rivals and La Liga leaders Barcelona after 12 games.

It is the first crisis of Zidane's still fledgling coaching career, but the Frenchman dismissed the building pressure.

"There are more hard jobs". There might be times when some people worry.

GETTYKarim Benzema has scored just two goals this season.

Real face APOEL in the Champions League in midweek, before hosting Malaga in La Liga next weekend.

Zidane added: "We are one step away from qualifying".

While there was a surprising lack of clear-cut chances created during the clash, one aspect that was certainly not lacking was physicality, with Atletico showcasing their infamous mean-streak from the get-go.

Madrid is looking for a return to winning ways in the Champions League after taking a solitary point from back-to-back encounters with Tottenham in Group H, although a draw would be enough to seal a place in the knockout stages in the event of Borussia Dortmund failing to beat Spurs at Signal Iduna Park.

Zidane has won seven trophies in less than two years at the Bernabeu, including two Champions League titles and last season's La Liga crown, but he has found his job coming under increasing scrutiny due to the club's form so far this term.

"It is not going to be an easy match".

"He [Benzema] is the first one who knows he can give more, because of the confidence issue, especially his confidence in front of goal", he told a press conference.

"APOEL are a very good side".

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