Apr 18, 2016

    Zidane: La Liga title race still on


    REAL Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane claimed he would not settle for just winning the Champions League this season after moving to within a point of Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a 5-1 thrashing of Getafe.

    Madrid have eaten into Barca's massive lead at the top of the table thanks to a run of seven straight wins, while the Catalans have taken just one point from their last nine.

    "Today I wouldn't sign for that," said Zidane when asked if he would settle for winning Madrid's 11th Champions League at the expense of La Liga.

    "We need to keep going until the end of the season."

    Madrid will face Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals after a rousing comeback to beat Wolfsburg 3-2 on aggregate in midweek thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.

    He scored his 47th goal of the season but it was Karim Benzema who shone just days after it was confirmed he will not take part at Euro 2016.

    The French Football Federation announced on Wednesday that Benzema will not be available for selection due to his role in a sex-tape blackmail plot against fellow French international Mathieu Valbuena.

    Zidane had called on Benzema not to let his head drop for the remainder of the season and he responded by sweeping home the opening goal to register his best-ever scoring season in La Liga with 22.