Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s away fixture against Granada, manager Zinedine Zidane revealed that the medical team had decided to ‘slow things down’ with regards to Gareth Bale’s recovery at the club. The Welshman remains unavailable for selection along with Pepe as Real Madrid look to earn three points against relegation threatened Granada.

Real Madrid have dropped 14 points on the road this season and will be keen on improving their away form as they come up against 19th placed Granada.

Bale’s better but not completely recovered

As reported by the club website, Zidane revealed that the Real Madrid medical team had decided to slow things down with Gareth Bale’s recovery process in a bid to prevent a relapse in the future.

“We’ve opted to slow things down a bit because our thinking at this stage is that he should be improving but that he shouldn’t have made a fully recovery as yet. It’s better for things to be done properly and to take it steady”.

Pepe remains unavailable for selection with the defender suffering from ‘plantar fascia discomfort in his right foot’ as reported by the club website.

Of ambitious Ronaldo and Zidane’s managerial philosophy

Speaking about Cristiano Ronaldo, the Frenchman praised the Real Madrid superstar for his ambition and work ethic. Zidane also backed the Portuguese superstar to continue playing for the club ‘for many years’ to come.

The Frenchman also outlined his philosophy as a manager since succeeding Rafael Benitez at the club. While Zidane emphasized on the importance of retaining ‘ball possession’, he also claimed that his team would look to ‘apply pressure’ in a bid to prevent the opposition from having the ball.

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