Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane mentioned his crew should “keep their heads” on this “bad moment” after the Champions League holders had been dismissed Three-1 by Tottenham in Wednesday night’s Group H conflict at Wembley.
Goals from Dele Alli both facet of half-time and one other from Christian Eriksen set Mauricio Pochettino’s facet up for a well-known victory, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s late strike not a lot of a comfort for the Bernabeu outfit.
Tottenham at the moment are badured pbadage to the final 16, with Madrid nonetheless prone to be a part of them given Borussia Dortmund’s 1-1 draw at house to Apoel Nicosia within the evening’s different Group H recreation.
Although a second defeat in 4 days, following Sunday’s 2-1 La Liga reverse at Girona, has alarmed Blancos followers and pundits, the previous Galactico instructed the postgame information convention at Wembley that he wouldn’t overreact to the end result or over-criticise the efficiency.
“We have lost in La Liga and in the Champions League,” Zidane mentioned.
“Two defeats in a row. We can’t be joyful, or in excessive spirits. This is a nasty second, however we should maintain our heads up all the time, figuring out soccer is like this.
“I am not worried, and I never will be all year, whatever happens. We played against a better team tonight. We must accept that.”
Zidane pointed to his crew’s incapacity to transform sufficient of the possibilities they made as their primary present challenge.
“There are moments over a season when you score lots of goals, from few chances,” he mentioned. “And different moments when you do not, like just lately.
“We did not play a bad game, we had chances to equalise [at 0-1 down]. But the ball did not go in, and they scored three.”
A facet which had a busy preseason schedule within the United States, adopted by UEFA Supercup and Spanish Supercopa video games in August, was not ailing bodily, Zidane maintained.
“We cannot say we are in bad shape physically,” he mentioned. “Different players recover differently, and maybe you might think some players are doing worse than others. but physically we are fine.”
Zidane backed his squad, most of whom have at the least two Champions League titles on their CVs, to come back good earlier than the top of the season.
“We have an experienced team, these players are champions, we are going to turn this around,” he mentioned. “The dressing room will not be joyful, they can’t be joyful.
“It is a hard defeat for us today. But it was deserved, and we must accept it. Today is not a good moment, but we have time to change things and know how to do that.”
Asked if Tottenham had been now sensible challengers for trophy, Zidane didn’t seem to need to enter a debate.
“Any team [in the competition] can win the Champions League,” he mentioned.
“Tottenham are one of those.”
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based soccer author who covers La Liga and the Spain nationwide crew for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan