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Zidane downplays anti-Real Madrid sentiments

IANS  |  Madrid 

on Tuesday tried to downplay the issue of anti-sentiments by so-called "anti-Madridistias" that have been unleashed in the wake of Lucas Vazquez's controversial last-gasp penalty, which propelled into quarter-finals at the expense of Juventus.

Zidane also said he believed the number of Real fans was on the rise, and that the anger directed at his side was nothing new, reports

"It has always existed, but I think that every day there are more Madridistas than anti-Madridistas because it is the best club. It is the club with the most fans and this is growing every day. It is better to talk about the positives," the French said.

Looking to settle the issue, Zidane emphasised that he was not interested in defending Real in every press conference, adding he would only speak out against misplaced criticism of his team.

"If I see something unfair or that we are disrespected, I have to say something. But everyone can have a say in the debate," he explained.

Zidane said he did not think that the penalty controversy would affect the referees' decisions in semi-final match against Bayern Munich, which will take place on April 25.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 20:34 IST
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