Zidane: We would love to play all our games at the Bernabeu

The Real Madrid coach denied his players fear playing at home

Los Blancos have not won any of their three games at the Bernabeu in La Liga

Zinedine Zidane (al fondo, de blanco) durante el entrenamiento de su equipo previo al partido contra el Espanyol
Zinedine Zidane (al fondo, de blanco) durante el entrenamiento de su equipo previo al partido contra el Espanyol | EFE

Zinedine Zidane says there's no added pressure at the Santiago Bernabeu as Real Madrid prepare to host Espanyol in La Liga on Sunday (20.45).

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Madrid lost their last home game against Real Betis and drew their first two games at the Bernabeu in La Liga this season, against Valencia and Levante. 

Is it because the home support is too demanding? 

"We've always had these fans and you can't change them," Zidane said. "You shouldn't think we don't like playing here... it's the opposite. 

"We would love to play all our games here at the Bernabeu. It's true we dropped points in La Liga, but tomorrow we have a chance to change things.

"We know that although we have the best players that does not mean we win every game by three or four goals. We must prove ourselves again every day -- that is what I like about this job, and my players too. They want to show, after some bad results, that we are capable of changing this."

Bale AND THE BBC

Even though injuries and suspensions have hindered the BBC's start to the season, Zidane says he will have them all ready to compete soon enough.

Not that he's worried: "I wish they could all be [available], but the most important thing is that they're OK. It's not long until they're all here and we will see them soon." 

Karim Benzema will miss the Espanyol game and Bale's also a doubt. 

"[Bale] has a strain, nothing important," Zidane said. "But here we do not like to take risks if a player has something small. We will see if Gareth is with us tomorrow."

"[Gareth] will go with his country if he has to go with his country. There is no problem between Madrid and [Wales]. It depends on his fitness, nothing else. We will go day by day."

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