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Zinedine Zidane claims catching Atletico is Madrid’s domestic target

Zidane says Real Madrid’s domestic objective is to catch Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has insisted that the club’s overall domestic target remains catching Atletico Madrid.

Zidane, who is yet to record a win agains Diego Simone at the Santiago Bernabéu, led his team to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

The result leaves Real Madrid still four points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid, but despite failing to take their opportunity and reduce the deficit to a single point, Zidane insisted to ​Marca post-match his side are still as motivated to catch their neighbours.

“We want it and we will try to achieve it”, the Frenchman said after the stalemate. “Against Atleti we had many chances, we did many things to win but the goal is always the same, try to cut the deficit and reach second place.”

Real Madrid now turn their attention towards the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final showdown with Juventus on Wednesday. And with the Spaniards currently holding a comfortable three-goal advantage, the 45-year-old is wary of complacency.

“Everybody thinks we’ve won and that’s what we don’t want to think about”, he added. “Everybody is saying we are going to win, but we’re going to suffer a lot. We have to do everything to qualify and be focused on what we have to do.”

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