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Xavi: “Real Madrid will fight for everything again”

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Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez reckons Real Madrid’s recent struggles are just a blip, and added that the Spanish giants have “a thousand lives”.

Since claiming a third consecutive Champions League title, Real have dramatically tailed off in comparison to their rivals.

The 33-time La Liga champions finished a distant third in the league last season, and 19 points behind Barcelona. They also surrendered their Champions League crown after a last-16 exit at the hands of Ajax.

It came following the disastrous reign of Julen Lopetegui, with his successor Santiago Solari not faring much better.

Zinedine Zidane’s shock return in March, however, restored hopes that the club’s glory days were back within reach.

But the Frenchman has struggled to emulate his glorious first stint in charge of Los Blancos. So far, he’s just won seven of his 16 matches back in the dugout and lost five of them.

The most recent one came on Wednesday when Real fell to a shock 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League opener.

But Xavi is certain that Real will rise again having seen it all before during his days at Barcelona. Furthermore, the now-retired playmaker expects the club’s summer signings to come good.

“No, not at all. I’ve already lived it so many times,” Xavi told Marca.

“Madrid have a thousand lives. Last year is a mirage. Real Madrid will fight for everything again. For sure.”

He added: “For now, the old guard is playing, but let’s see what happens to the new ones. I think Madrid is going to compete for sure, for sure, for sure.

“It is true that a major revolution was expected, but in the end, Madrid are always there.”

Former Real playmaker Kaka, meanwhile, also voiced his opinion that his old side will come good under Zidane.

Los Merengues, who sit third in La Liga this season, will visit leaders Sevilla on Sunday for their next match.

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MADRID, SPAIN – AUGUST 24: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid(R) celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Valladolid CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 24, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)