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26th-Jan-2016

Zidane 'proud' despite dent in Madrid title hopes

By AFP, Madrid

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insisted he was proud of his side's display despite slipping further behind Barcelona in the La Liga title race with a 1-1 draw at Real Betis on Sunday.
Zidane had cruised to victory in his first two games in charge since replacing Rafael Benitez earlier this month, scoring five goals against Deportivo la Coruna and Sporting Gijon.
However, Los Blancos were stunned by Alvaro Cejudo's early opener and, despite dominating the majority of the match, could only reply through Karim Benzema's 21st goal of the season 19 minutes from time.
"I am very proud of what they did tonight, we're just missing two more points," said the Frenchman.
"We are on the right track and we need to take the positives.
"It is clear losing two points is the negative thing, but there were some very good things tonight and we need to take those positives forward and fight until the end."
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid now lead Real by four points at the top of the table, whilst Barca also have a game in hand on both sides from the capital.
"The truth is I didn't expect (to drop two points) but football is like that, if you don't take your chances anything can happen," Zidane added.