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Thibaut Courtois Dropped By Zinedine Zidane On His Return To Real Madrid

17 March 2019

Moments after rattling the bar with a Paolo Di Canio-style scissor kick in the first half, Bale was back at the other end making a sliding tackle and winning a goal kick in the process.

The Frenchman led Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles before surprising the football world by handing in his resignation.

Madrid lie 12 points adrift of leaders Barcelona, who play away at Real Betis on Sunday.

Zinedine Zidane restored old favourites for his first game since being re-appointed coach of Real Madrid as Thibaut Courtois was dropped for Keylor Navas while Isco and Marcelo both returned.

Marcelo comes in ahead of Sergio Reguilon, who did well under Solari.

Even Navas enjoyed a standout moment in goal for Real, with Courtois watching on as his goalkeeping rival produced a stunning save from point-blank range to tip over Maxi Gomez's header, in what was Celta's only effort on target.

An atmosphere of positive encouragement to welcome their returning hero marked a welcome change at the Santiago Bernabeu to recent games and Zidane felt his team grew into the contest against their relegation-threatened visitors. But with just 11 matches left to play this season, and no trophies to win, Zidane has opted to use the players he knows well from his previous spell. I must count on these players, as they are good players, but I will count on them all.

"There's so many factors you need to think about when you sign players".

Thibaut Courtois Dropped By Zinedine Zidane On His Return To Real Madrid