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Real Madrid first-teamer remembers a time when Zidane got angry

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s Clasico, Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas has shed light on life working under Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu.

The French legend was already a club icon when he took the reins following Rafael Benitez’s dismissal earlier in the season [Reuters]. The ex-playmaker had previously managed the club’s youth team, and while his arrival was accompanied by a wave of support, he has failed to help Los Merengues close the gap to their arch rivals at the pinnacle of the Spanish table.

Heading into Saturday’s much anticipated Clasico between the pair, Real sit 10 points behind their rivals, and are in need of a win to revive their feint title hopes.

While Zizou’s tenure started strongly, Los Merengues have stuttered in recent months.

They drew 1-1 at Malaga, fell to a 1-0 home defeat by Atletico Madrid and had to rely on an 89th-minute winner from Casemiro to see off bottom-half Las Palmas.

“If we don’t play well, like against Las Palmas, it’s logical that [Zidane] gets angry,” Navas told the media, as reported by Real Madrid’s official website. “What he say is extremely important for everyone.

“Here, we realised things had to be improved,” he continued, “and they were in the next match.”

Navas also confirmed that there was a great deal of respect for the coach and World Cup winner among the current Real squad.

“He’s a very respectful person,” the Costa Rica goalkeeper continued, “and we all respect him very much.”

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