Zidane admits Real Madrid must find a way to win without Ramos

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Padraig Whelan

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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insisted his side have to learn how to cope without Sergio Ramos in the side.

His side travel to Milan on Wednesday night to take on Inter and are without their captain yet again due to injury.

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In recent fixtures without him, particularly in Europe, Los Blancos have struggled considerably and failed to come out on top – something they’re itching to put right this time.

“Well we know how important he is as a player and a person to the squad,” Zidane told reporters via a virtual press conference.

“But we have to break that statistic, we know that. Obviously we’d like him to be here but he isn’t due to injury.

“Everyone we have here though is ready to change that bad record because we know what the situation is.

“This will be like a final for us but we’re ready to fight hard and get the three points.

“Although we have a lot of injuries, we cannot accept a draw. We go out on the pitch to win – that’s very clear and will always be the case.”

This game also sees him return to the scene of his first big Champions League triumph, when Real overcame Atlético at San Siro in 2016.

But when quizzed on how much he has changed or improved as a coach since then, the Frenchman was hesitant to sing his own praises.

“I don’t think I’m the one who can comment on that,” Zidane stressed.

“That’s only something that can be discussed with years of experience later.

“I haven’t changed who I am or what I want to do as a coach. I want to keep doing it and enjoying it.”