Real Madrid without Ramos for Girona test

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo trains on Saturday at Valdebebas sport city in Madrid

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has questioned the timing of the upcoming worldwide break and hopes his players return fit and healthy after playing with their countries next week.

Gareth Bale and Luka Modric are on the bench for Real Madrid's La Liga encounter with Girona at the Bernabeu on Sunday but Sergio Ramos is not in the matchday squad.

"Everyone is entitled to their opinion, if you ask the players, if you ask me about Neymar, he is a very good player, but he is not a Real Madrid player", he said. I don't know if this is the best date on the calendar, but we must respect that.

"I have to focus on my players and talk about them".

They beat Juve 4-1 in last year's final in Cardiff, Wales.

Sunday's game, meanwhile, could cap off a fantastic set of results in La Liga as they look to round it off with a point or even all three against Zidane's men.

"The league is very competitive, there are not small teams", he explained.

Madrid are now seven points behind Atletico and 15 points behind La Liga leaders and rivals Barcelona.

"It depends on each player as it may be more hard for some players to return and play again in the league", stated Zidane.

"They are having a good season, we have seen what they have done and what they are doing, what is important is as always what we offer on the pitch".

"I think if you look at it, it's going to be 50-50".

"But yes it's understandable that you journalists or Dani think that it's less motivating to play LaLiga but I say no, in the end they're always motivated and tomorrow we have a chance to [play] a great game".

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