Real Madrid surprisingly lost 1-4 at Valencia headquarters early in the morning WIB (09/11). So, what did manager Zinedine Zidane say about his squad’s nightmare?
The 9th Jorada of the Spanish La Liga took place at the weekend, Real Madrid faced Valencia. The duel took place at the Estadio Mestalla, on Monday morning WIB (09/11).
On paper, Zinedine Zidane’s troops are clearly more favored than the host Vaalencia. Sure enough, the defending La Liga champions took the lead through Karim Benzema’s goal when the game entered the 23rd minute.
But ironically, it was the only goal the visitors scored throughout the match. The rest, they bowed languidly as Valencia scored four goals in return, with three of them coming from penalties and one own goal by Raphael Varane.
When speaking after the match, coach Zinedine Zidane couldn’t deny that Real Madrid’s back line was in trouble, but the Frenchman was reluctant to blame the Los Blancos defenders.
“We know we have to be tougher at the back. It’s always been like that. If we are tougher and can strike a balance, we know that in attack we have players who can make the difference.”
“Tonight the match was tough, especially after the opponent’s equalizer changed the whole match.” Zidane said on Real Madrid’s official website.
Furthermore, Zidane emphasized that his team had prepared thoroughly before the match. But what happened after Karim Benzema’s goal is difficult to explain.
“I think we prepared well for this match. We started well and it was true that everything changed after their first goal, it is difficult to understand why that happened,”
“In the end I am the one who is responsible for everything because I have to be able to find solutions during the match.” continued Zidane.
Real Madrid fans accused the referee who took charge of the game unfairly, which resulted in the home team being awarded three penalties. But Zidane was not interested in using that as an excuse for his team’s defeat.
“We have to be able to give a performance but today the match was difficult. There was no explanation and no excuse,” he concluded.