Actual Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane denied he was frightened about his staff’s title probabilities however admitted to a “dangerous day” after Sunday’s shock 2-1 defeat at Girona left them already eight factors behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.
Madrid appeared set for for a 14th immediately league victory when Isco scored after simply 11 minutes — on a counter badault after Girona wing-back Pablo Maffeo had simply hit the put up on the different finish.
The Catalan facet continued to unsettle Madrid’s defence and hit the woodwork once more earlier than half-time, then turned the sport on its head with two targets in 4 minutes early within the second half.
First the guests have been simply opened up by the centre and Christian Stuani confirmed pretty fast toes earlier than ending clinically, earlier than strike companion Portu turned residence [from an offside position] Maffeo’s drive from shut vary.
The Los Blancos coach informed the postgame information convention that there was nonetheless a protracted strategy to go and final yr’s champions might nonetheless flip issues round.
“We misplaced three factors immediately, unexpectedly, however that doesn’t change something,” Zidane stated. “We all know we are able to flip this round, we may have higher days, and the opposite groups will drop factors too over the season. We need to win La Liga, it’s our everyday. There’s nonetheless a really lengthy strategy to go, so I’m not frightened.”
Madrid midfielder Casemiro had informed beIN Sports activities after the sport that Madrid “didn’t play properly” and should “work more durable,” however Zidane stated he disagreed.
“I don’t agree that we performed badly immediately,” Zidane stated. “All of the gamers made an effort. Then there have been particulars, the rival’s first objective got here from a throw-in and we misplaced focus and didn’t defend properly. The second objective, the identical, with a rebound. We ran till the tip. It was not a scarcity of effort.”
Probabilities missed at 1-Zero up had value his staff, Zidane stated. “My feeling is that we had probabilities to get a second objective,” he stated. “When you’re 1-Zero up at half-time, you will need to badume the rival can damage you within the second half. We lacked a little bit of focus, they usually performed properly, direct, shortly, profitable second balls. Above all for his or her first objective, as once they equalise, the sport adjustments.”
Zidane confirmed that centre-back Raphael Varane had been withdrawn at half-time with an adductor drawback, however gave no detailed damage information forward of Wednesday’s Champions League Group H recreation with Tottenham at Wembley.
“The staff can’t be pleased after a defeat,” he stated. “At this time was a nasty day. We are going to go residence, relaxation, and prepare for Wednesday, which is arising quickly.”
Talking on beIN Sports activities after the sport, Casemiro admitted to frustration on the efficiency and the scenario, whereas refusing in charge the officers for lacking an offside in Girona’s profitable objective.
“We all know we’re very far behind [Barca],” the Brazil worldwide stated. “We should hold our heads now. It is a troublesome second. We didn’t play properly immediately. Earlier than we have had dangerous outcomes, however creating many probabilities, not immediately.”
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based soccer author who covers La Liga and the Spain nationwide staff for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan