Zidane: There will always be critics

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has dismissed criticism of his selection policy ahead of his side's crunch clash with cross-town rivals Leganés.

Ahead of Real's first derby of the LaLiga season, Zidane was again quizzed by journalists over his decision to field four forwards in his side's 3-3 draw with Legia Warsaw in the Champions League in midweek.

However, a defiant Zidane insists he does not have to explain his tactical decisions, although he grudgingly admitted everyone is entitled to their opinion.

"Everyone can talk about Legia, that we had a fourth striker, that we were disorganised. But if I had to do, I would do the same thing again," Zidane told reporters.

"I would have liked us to have played well for 90 minutes to show we have the quality to play well for the full 90, but I can't control the critics.

"There will always be critics. What interests me is to forget this game because we have an important match [versus Leganés].

"Football is like that, sometimes things don't go well. It was a strange match. I've lived with critics for 30 years, that's not going to change.

"The only thing I'm going to do is try to improve and better the team."

Zidane has been criticised for keeping faith with a misfiring Karim Benzema this season as well as his decision to use James Rodriguez sparingly.

He added: "Everybody can say what they think. What I know is that I pick team not to make one player or another happy.

"If a player plays ten games or he doesn't, he's never going to happy with everything. I know that because I was a player."