Zidane calm amidst questionable displays

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has played down reports about player unrest at the Santiago Bernabéu after some indifferent performances.

Los Blancos have struggled defensively over the past three league games conceding seven goals in the process and needed a Cristiano Ronaldo brace against Las Palmas in mid-week to salvage a point in their 3-3 draw.

The result comes after the fought from 2-0 down at Villarreal to record a 3-2 victory and a surprise 2-1 loss to Valencia last week.

Now, reports have surfaced that the reason for the questionable performances is due to a player revolt, with certain stars in the dressing room voicing their displeasure at their lack of game-time.

"We're not happy and we can do better, but we're convinced about what we're doing," Zidane told reporters. "I'm with my players to the death."

"Negativity? Yes, there's too much of it, but when you don't have the right match, it always happens at this club.

"We want to be positive and we think we know what to do in order to make things better," the Real Madrid boss said in the pre-match press conference ahead of the Eibar fixture.

"I have 24 players and they're all important, this is not going to change, so sometimes I have to make decisions, some of them are left out, others on the bench… and that won't change while I'm here.

"Crisis? For me, the word 'crisis' doesn't exist, every three days you have the possibility of doing better."

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