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I don´t care what people think - Zidane defends wholesale changes

Real Madrid coach Zidane shares his thoughts on upcoming Sevilla match Sevilla FC vs Real Madrid Spanish Primera Division Live Streaming & Goal Updates
Cary Erickson | 13 May, 2018, 04:42

Zidane made seven alterations to his starting XI following the 2-2 draw against Barcelona in El Clasico on Sunday, with injuries, suspensions and a desire to rotate seeing an unfamiliar team named at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

After Phillipe Coutinho opened the scoring after just 8 minutes, Iniesta teed up Jordi Alba who passed for Paulinho to make it 2-0 and his wonderful ball over the Villarreal defense allowed Leo Messi to net his 35th league goal of the season.

"What we are thinking about at the moment is the Champions League final", Zidane told a press conference when asked about a possible move for the Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star.

Goals from Wissam Ben Yedder and Miguel Layun gave Sevilla a two-goal lead before the break.

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Then in the sixth minute of added time Real were handed another penalty as Theo Hernandez was pushed in the box. In the last five matches, Sevilla FC has won one match, lost two matches, and drawn two matches whereas Real Madrid has won two matches and drawn three games.

Lucas Vazquez and Ramos got shots away early in the second half as Madrid attempted to find a route back into the game, and they were granted a glorious chance to do so from 12 yards.

The Madrid captain also had another chance to score but his effort went off target and in the 83rd minute it was 3-0. Borja Mayoral pulled one back, before Ramos converted his second penalty of the match but they left their fightback late and Zidane was forced to defend his selection. "Fighting in these two games in LaLiga I think we prepare better for the Champions", he says. It's a real shame. "The start of the league season was very hard".