Sunday's result leaves the Merengues five points behind the leaders and their coach insists they will fight for the title.

Zinedine Zidane has vowed that Real Madrid will "fight to the end" against Atletico Madrid in the title race after snatching the draw point late in the clash against the La Liga leaders to keep the race going. title continues to exist. Karim Benzema equalized at the end of the second half to meet Luis Suarez's opener in the first act, securing the points split in the derby at Wanda Metropolitano.

The result leaves the Merengues five points behind their rivals Madrid who have been at the top of the standings for several weeks, although Real Madrid has one more game to their name. Regardless, Zinedine Zidane says the reigning champions will fight to defend their crown until the end of the season. "The goal is to keep going," said the Frenchman when asked if Real Madrid still has a title shot.

"We know there is a lot left but we will fight until the end. Everything can always change. We are doing things well, we can improve. This is what we are going to do. I am very proud of all my players. We are in the same boat and we will fight to the end, "added the French technician from the Merengue.

Zidane does not want to criticize the arbitration

Real Madrid may have had the misfortune of not coming back to the scoring earlier in the game after believing they had secured a penalty after a hand from Felipe, with the Atlético defender appearing to touch the ball with his forearm and his elbow, but it didn't. Zinedine Zidane, however, declined to criticize the referee's decision in his post-match press conference, saying: "I'm not joking with the referee, his job is difficult."

“He made this decision to watch the action and not whistle, and we respect him. That's all. We know it's complicated. We can't get into controversy. We have to respect that. will not change, "concluded Zinedine Zidane. Real Madrid's late point further exacerbates the problems for Zidane's counterpart Diego Simeone, who has seen his Atlético side clinch a victory in their last four league games.

Atlético Madrid's diminishing performance allowed Real Madrid and FC Barcelona to reposition themselves in the title race, with the two Spanish mastodons having filled much of their gap on what seemed, a few weeks ago, a final margin. Zinedine Zidane and his men will face Elche the next day, while Atlético faces the Spanish Supercopa-winning Athletic Club.