Zidane ready to rotate Madrid squad to cope with fixture congestion

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VIDEO SHOWS: REAL MADRID TRAINING SESSION, NEWS CONFERENCE WITH REAL MADRID COACH, ZINEDINE ZIDANE SPEAKING

SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (OCTOBER 16, 2020) (REAL MADRID TV HANDOUT - ACCESS ALL)

1. REAL MADRID MIDFIELDER, LUCAS VAZQUEZ CROSSING AND MIDFIELDER TONI KROOS VOLLEYING AND SCORING

2. VARIOUS OF PLAYERS SHOOTING AND SCORING

3. VARIOUS OF PLAYERS PASSING BALL

4. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH, ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING:

"Yes, and we have spoken about this many times. To win things in a very long season we need these things, to make rotations, and we have very good players who allow us to make changes."

5. PLAYERS PASSING BALL

6. LEFT BACK MARCELO SHOOTING AND SCORING

7. VARIOUS OF GOALKEEPER BLOCKING SHOTS

8. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH, ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING:

"At the end the reality is that our players don't stop, other players can rest a bit but 14 or 15 of our players never stop. They go with their national teams, come back, play seven matches, they go again with national teams, come back, 10 matches, and that is continuously."

9. VARIOUS OF PLAYERS SHOOTING AT GOAL

10. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH, ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING:

"It is what it is, I'm not complaining. I'm only explaining that it is necessary for us to count with everyone and to rotate and I think we can still win while doing that. We have proven that and I think the most important thing is that players think this way, so we can achieve things this way."

11. VARIOUS OF PLAYERS SPRINTING

12. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH, ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING:

"It is a very disciplined team which just got promoted and they will play against Real Madrid so of course it will be difficult and uncomfortable for us for sure. But we know that in La Liga all teams are difficult to play against, even the ones coming from second division because second division in Spain is very good and competitive."

13. VARIOUS OF PLAYERS DURING TRAINING MATCH

14. VARIOUS OF PLAYERS SHOOTING AND SCORING

15. VARIOUS OF KROOS SHOOTING AND SCORING

STORY: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says his players are braced for rotations to meet the demands of a gruelling run of fixtures, beginning with Saturday's (October 17) La Liga match at home to Cadiz.

Madrid then play against Shakhtar Donetsk in a Champions League group stage opener on Wednesday (October 21) before the 'Clasico' against Barcelona on Saturday (October 24), part of a run of seven games in 22 days.

"We have spoken about this many times. To win things in a very long season we need to make rotations, and we have very good players who allow us to make changes," Zidane told a news conference on Friday (October 16).

"People need to remember what this team has lived through; the players never rest. We have a run of seven games and then they all go off with their national teams again.

"But I'm not complaining, I'm only explaining that it is necessary to rotate and I think we can still win while doing that."

Real are missing three defenders in Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola and Eder Militao, meaning Zidane may have to field midfielder Lucas Vazquez at right back, a position he has played in before, in order to give captain Sergio Ramos or French defender Raphael Varane a rest.

Forward Eden Hazard is also still out with a muscle problem.

Zidane has long been an advocate of making wholesale changes to his side, which he perfected in the 2016-17 season, fielding vastly different starting 11s from game to game yet going on to win the La Liga title and the Champions League.

"We've proven in the past that we can do great things this way," he added.

"The reality is that our players don't stop so it's important that others get a rest and we're going to keep doing it this way."

(Production: Miguel Gutierrez)