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Despite a 16-point deficit to Barcelona at the top of La Liga that has realistically ended Real Madrid's chances of defending their title with still over half the league season to go, Zidane's job remains safe for now thanks to his hitherto stellar record and the sort of respect from president Florentino Perez that most Madrid managers could only have dreamt about. We've had two spectacular years; thank you for saying so.

Madrid, who have been drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last-16, are fourth in the league and enduring a disappointing domestic campaign.

Real are preparing for Wednesday's Copa del Rey last 16, second leg at home to second-tier Numancia, which should be a formality after they won 3-0 in Soria last week.

"I am not going to tell you what we spoke about, it was just one of these chats that teams have".

"You can analyse it however you like and say we are in a time of crisis". But what we want to do is find solutions, talk about it and try to do things better.

"When a player is bad, I will help him. Period. We began with a squad and I believe in my players", he said.

"So, things will sort themselves out in the end", Zidane said.

Madrid easily made it to the round of 16 of the Champions League, where it will face Paris Saint-Germain, beginning with a home game on February 14. It's not a physical thing, or more in our heads. He was once again blamed for losing possession which led to Celta Vigo scoring the opener in Madrid's 2-2 draw at Balaidos on Sunday. People might think that everything comes easy to me, that I do it all by instinct, but they'd be wrong.

New signing Philippe Coutinho will not make his debut until later in the month after arriving in Catalonia with a thigh injury.

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