Zidane needs to rediscover the enterprising football on show at the start of the campaign, when the club opened up their LaLiga title defence in style with a 3-0 win at Deportivo.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday's Copa del Rey round-of-16 second leg at home to Numancia, the Frenchman said: "I am not going to say what we talked about".
Whilst Zidane's refusal to break from the mould that delivered Los Blancos a first La Liga and Champions League double in 59 years has been questioned, much of the fault also lies at Perez's door.
"With hard work, good things will come".
It is still unclear if the goalkeeper will join Madrid this month or not. That relationship had led to them winning the league title and back-to-back ChampionsLeagues.
Share your thoughts in the comment section or on the #AmoreNation community page. I know the next game is the most important. I don't want anyone. As Madrid's dry run is getting unfolded weeks after weeks, Zidane has acknowledged the fact that the clock is ticking real fast and he is expected to have limited time at Madrid.
"I cannot imagine a Real Madrid without Cristiano", Zidane said.
Zidane has also preferred to replace the departures with youngsters, with the likes of Achraf Hakimi and Borja Mayoral featuring this season, in place of the more experienced Danilo and Morata. It's Zinedine Zidane the coach who has to create a career. "I'm not protected by what I've done as a player at this club", he added. I know a lot of coaches can't switch off from their work, I have that ability.
Despite his tremendous success so far, Zidane cannot see himself in the same job 10 years down the line and that his reputation as a player will not protect him as a coach. "I know how to protect myself".
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