France Ligue 1

Facing elimination, Zidane hopes to turn jeers into cheers

MADRID (AP) The negativity coming from the Real Madrid fans seems to be weighing on Zinedine Zidane.

Madrid leads the Spanish league, but the team was jeered despite beating Malaga 2-1 on Saturday. Both goals came from set-pieces scored by Sergio Ramos, and they came less than a week after the team lost at home to Celta Vigo 2-1 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals.

"I didn't say if the jeering was fair or not, just that we are all working hard and we want the same thing the fans do. There will always be some booing in this stadium. That will not change. But we need the fans' support," Zidane said Tuesday, visibly irritated by the constant questions surrounding the team's decaying physical status.