Real Madrid coach Zidane urges calm after dropping points against Elche

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane urged calm after their 1-1 draw at Elche.

Real Madrid went ahead through Luka Modric, but were pegged back via a Fidel Chaves penalty. It means Real Madrid end the year sitting in second place two points behind leaders with Atletico Madrid, which significantly boast two games in hand.

Zidane said, “We created a number of chances in the first half to have got that second goal, which would have allowed us to be more relaxed, but when they got the equaliser, everything became that bit more difficult for us. They dropped deeper and we struggled in the second half. That's just the way things go in football and we've got to keep going. If you look at the first half, it's a case of two points dropped, but we have to keep on working hard.

“Everyone's going to end up dropping points. This is a very tough league. We had produced a number of good performances coming into tonight's match and we've dropped two points here, but we have to keep on doing what we're doing because it's a very long league season and there's a long way to go."