La Liga will be tougher this season - Zidane


La Liga will be tougher this season - Zidane

Real Madrid open the 2017-18 La Liga season with an away trip to Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday as manager Pepe Mel's side have the unenviable responsibility of facing the defending champions in their curtain raiser.

The Wales worldwide failed to find any sort of momentum in a memorable 2016-17 for Los Blancos, missing almost half the campaign through injury.

The Croatian playmaker has emerged as an important part of coach Zinedine Zidane's squad, impressing in Los Blancos' convincing 5-1 aggregate win over Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup.

"Speaking to reporters ahead of Sunday's league opener against Deportivo La Coruna, Zidane said: "[Bale is] good, training well and that's the most important thing.

"We can surely improve because I have some very young players who always have more to learn".

Deportivo had a tough season last time out.

"Depor? It's not a concern, they're a team that are our rivals and they'll try to do well, they're playing at home and they have good players".

Ramos complained of'antipathy towards Real Madrid after he was sent off at Deportivo
Ramos complained of'antipathy towards Real Madrid after he was sent off at Deportivo

'We are all in the same boat and all want to do well'. We know it is very hard to win, and taking it in the last game is something exceptional.

"The goal is always to try and improve because this year is going to be more hard. He's doing it better and better, he's phenomenal", Zidane said.

Llorente, who has been at the Spanish club since 2008, has dropped down the pecking order at Real Madrid after the emergence of Mateo Kovacic at the Bernabeu.

"Winning La Liga a year ago was the best thing that happened to me in my career".

'He says (Perez) will be here next week and I have no choice but to believe him.

"When you have a squad as complete as the one which Zinedine Zidane has, then missing one player doesn't influence things too much. He's physically fit, he's not suffering any discomfort and I hope it's going to be a big year both for him and for the team".