Real Madrid don't need a striker in January transfer window - Zidane

Real lose ground on Barca after Athletic draw

The stalemate against Athletic is the fifth time Madrid have fired a blank in LaLiga this season, with Zidane's men two points behind leaders Barca heading into 2020. For the effort that we put in, we're annoyed that we didn't score the chances that we had. "You have to be calm because the work has been phenomenal again".

"The ball isn't going in for us at the moment but there's no need to be pessimistic". We had difficulties at the beginning (of the season), but we are much better - and we are strong defensively.

"No. Absolutely not", Zidane said in his postmatch news conference when asked if his team needed attacking reinforcements.

"Athletic set up to frustrate us, we know how they like to play but when you have so many chances it's hard not to feel like it is two points dropped".

"We need our fans and hope they come to back the players". What we lack is continuity, because we're going through different dynamics. I always look at the positives and that is that we have been doing well recently.

Bilbao - who had not won a LaLiga game at the Bernabeu for nearly 15 years - threatened when Inaki Williams held off Militao to send a low shot towards the bottom corner, which Thibaut Courtois palmed past the post.

Madrid upped the tempo following the restart but continued to face a resolute Bilbao rearguard.

Toni Kroos and Nacho hit the crossbar either side of half-time, before substitute striker Luka Jovic was also denied by the base of the post with four minutes remaining.

His wayward shooting took him to number one in the worldwide trend list on social media on Sunday evening, although you would consider the fact he is now getting game-time under Zidane an encouraging sign at the very least.

"We have to improve and keep growing". We need to keep grinding away. ATHLETIC BILBAO:Ganea, De Marcos, Aritz Adruz and Munian will not be available for this clash due to injury while Capa is suspended for the clash against Real Madrid.

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