Zinedine Zidane tests positive for Covid days after Real Madrid embarrassment

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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has tested positive for Covid-19 after his side were knocked out of the Copa del Rey in a humbling fashion on Wednesday.

The former France international midfielder is under intense pressure in the Spanish capital following both their unexpected cup exit and poor run of La Liga form.

Los Blancos sit seven points behind leaders Atletico having played a game more, and are at risk of losing the title that they won from Barcelona last season.

However, attention has now turned to the health of their manager after the club announced that he had returned a postive test for Covid-19 on Friday.

Their official statement reads: "Real Madrid CF announces that our coach Zinedine Zidane has tested positive for COVID-19."

It is not yet known if there is any further outbreak at the club, with the team due to take on Alaves on Saturday and Levante next weekend.

Zidane said after their 2-1 defeat this week: "We have done good things, not so much lately, but apart from the last games we did good things this season. We have to concentrate on the things that can be done.

"When you lose, you always talk. I take responsibility and whatever has to happen, will happen.

“I am very calm, the players wanted to win the game. They try and sometimes different things happen. You have to assume responsibility.

"I am going to assume it, as always."

Before adding of their poor form in all competitions: "It is a difficult moment, we are out of the Copa, we had to do something else but we couldn't.

"The players have tried. This is football, it is very difficult because we played against a Segunda B team and we have to win the game, but it didn't go like that.

"It's not a shame, it can happen, it happens, these are things that happen in a football career. I assume responsibility and we will continue working. We will not go crazy."

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