Zidane desperate for Madrid to remain calm

Zinedine Zidane'No reasons for concern

Zinedine Zidane'No reasons for concern

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But Madrid were far from comfortable as Alfonso Pedraza saw two attempts come off the woodwork himself for Alaves.

"The game is Real Madrid against Alaves".

Questions have since been raised on the side's ability to successfully defend their crown and although their latest defeat has been a tough pill to swallow for fans, reports from the Valdebebas suggest that Zidane is exuding calm and confidence as part of his belief that there is no better medicine than bringing home a win in their upcoming away fixture against Alaves.

Both sides are in need of a win.

But the Alaves substitute's stab under Navas bounced away off the frame of the goal again and Madrid escaped with the points.

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But Madrid responded three minutes later as Ronaldo broke down the right wing, took a shot which Alaves goalkeeper Pacheco fumbled, leaving Ceballos to fire a curling effort towards goal which flies into the bottom corner for his second of the night.

Ronaldo struck the post nearly immediately after the start of the second half and perhaps should have done better.

Sergio Ramos looked to have found the goal to kill the game off, but his bouncing header from a corner didn't count as Ronaldo flattened his marker in the build-up.

Pacheco made a decent save to prevent a Nacho header finding the back of the Alaves net in the 31st minute, but the home side were causing problems down the other end, with a succession of crosses into the Real Madrid box forcing Casemiro and Varane to both make brilliant clearances.

Former Alaves loanee Marcos Llorente was applauded onto the pitch, and those cheers nearly turned into ruptures, when Pedraza got in behind and only had Keylor to beat, but his sliding finish trickled onto the post and away from goal. However, Ceballos scored minutes later to restore Madrid's lead after a gift from Pacheco.

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