Snowy Osasuna game should have been called off, says angry Zidane

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane self-isolating

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane self-isolating

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has backed forward Karim Benzema after he was charged by French prosecutors with being complicit in a conspiracy to blackmail his former France teammate Matthieu Valbuena in a case linked to a sex tape.

Pamplona was hit hard by snow on Saturday and the pitch at El Sadar was extremely tough for both sides to perform on.

"My biggest complaint is about the match. I know I'm repeating myself, but that's how it is".

"I have to thank the staff at Osasuna for what they did with the pitch but (making us play) was lamentable", Courtois told Spanish network Movistar.

Zidane was reluctant to say if he felt his team had been harmed by La Liga's decision, adding: "I'm not going to get into these things".

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The conditions prevented Real from returning to Madrid after the game as usual and it spent the night in Pamplona. The Madridista travelling party will go directly to the city where they will play the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup.

"We have done what was asked, as if we didn't come [to Pamplona] they would have docked three points from us".

"We also have families and we're not puppets who have to play all the time".

The draw meant they missed the chance to leapfrog La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, whose match with Athletic Bilbao was suspended due to the storm. "The game shouldn't have been played".

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