La Liga will be tougher this season - Zidane

Zidane's side are heavy favourites to retain the Spanish championship for the first time in a decade, especially after this week's 5-1 Spanish Super Cup victory over Barcelona.

The Frenchman utilised his squad to great effect last season as Real Madrid won La Liga and the Champions League, often using a second string side for more winnable league fixtures.

And ahead of that encounter, Real manager Zinedine Zidane put his stars through their paces in their final training session before Sunday's trip.

"He had few chances last year with four months of injury, now he's well, he's enjoyed very good preparation and I hope it's an important year for him and for us".

"They are the best in the world and such a complete team that one player isn't very influential".

"Five games is a lot of time to be without Cristiano".

"I have a fantastic squad which can still be improved", he said on Saturday.

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"The goal is always to try and improve because this year is going to be more hard".

'Until August 31 (the end of the transfer window), anything can happen at any other club.

"We are all in the same boat and all want to do well". "He's doing it better and better, he's phenomenal", Zidane said.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has insisted that Gareth Bale is feeling positive after putting last season's injury nightmare behind him.

He certainly looks to have a huge uphill battle if he is to succeed at the Bernabeu, and could be willing to leave the club in search of regular action, with Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Kovacic and Dani Ceballos ahead of him in the pecking order. 'He suffered from four months of injury a year ago but has had good preparation for this season.

Boss Pepe Mel revealed that club president Tino Fernandez is pushing hard to bring Perez back to the Riazor, where he enjoyed two fruitful campaigns before joining the Gunners previous year.

"I never complain and I'm not going to start now", the coach said.

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