Zidane explains dumping Courtois for Real Madrid return victory

Keylor Navas during the match against Celta

Zinedine Zidane has dropped Thibaut Courtois but he has recalled Gareth Bale and Isco in his first team selection since his return to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Gareth Bale was also named in the starting line-up at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday as Madrid launched their new era under Zidane at home to Celta Vigo in La Liga.

Madrid have endured a tough season, struggling to adapt to life without Cristiano Ronaldo as the squad that won three consecutive Champions Leagues has shown signs of ageing.

The 1998 World Cup victor inherits a far different dressing room from the when he left in more ways than one.

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The 13-time European champions have virtually nothing left to play for as they have been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey, while they sit 12 points behind leaders FC Barcelona.

The Wales forward did not get on well with Zidane near the end of last season and was benched for the Champions League final, before coming on to score a brace, including a spectacular overhead kick. "There are of course those who are sometimes going to be left out, who are not going to play".

"I am now focused on finishing the season well, I am not concerned about which players will continue with us or others who have come in, we need to focus on results". I have a squad of 25 players and I am going to have to count on all of them, on Courtois, Keylor, Isco.

Isco is back in the midfield with Asensio and Bale up front with Karim Benzema.

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