Zidane got it wrong
Real Madrid fell to their third defeat of the La Liga campaign on Saturday, allowing Atletico Madrid plenty of breathing space in the race for the title. It was their second ‘home’ defeat of the season, albeit away from the Bernabeu with renovation works continuing.
Deportivo Alaves emerged as 2-1 winners, after former Premier League forwards Lucas Perez and Joselu netted for the Basque side.
Former Real Madrid star Pedja Mijatovic spoke to the Spanish media on the back of the clash, and was scathing in both his assessment of Zinedine Zidane’s tactics, and the individual performances of certain players.
On Zidane, Mijatovic hit out: “He must fix it but this begins when you prepare for this match, knowing that Alavés has three players at the top who are its strengths.”
“So, if you have Lucas Vázquez, who was more advanced against Inter and played a good game, you can’t put him back as a winger today, because you have a Militao there.”
“I don’t know what happens with this kid because he doesn’t play either as a centre-back or as a full-back, and you come back with Lucas Vázquez, with Asensio in front, you know that Asensio can’t help him as much as any other player “
Real Madrid could drop to 5th in the La Liga table if Sevilla win their game in hand, as well as falling a full 9 points behind Atletico Madrid if the Rojiblancos secure victory in their additional fixture.
Zidane cant explain
Zinedine Zidane was at a loss for words in the aftermath of his side’s defeat to Alavés. The Frenchman pulled off an impressive win against Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan just days prior, but could not effectively navigate Real beyond the significantly less threatening Alavés.
“I don’t have an explanation,” Zidane said. “Tonight we alternated good moments with bad moments. When they scored a goal after three minutes, things get very complicated for us.”
“The other day in Milan we played a good game and today…It is reality, our reality today. What we have to do is keep working, recover players and change the dynamics. We don’t have consistency.”
Eden Hazard also left the field of play with another injury, having missed the start of the season with a previous issue:
“Eden, I think and I hope it was just a simple knock. That’s what he told us. That it’s just a knock, that it’s not muscular,” the French coach said.
Real’s next five fixtures will see them face sides widely regarded as superior to the Alaves side whom they fell to on Saturday. Pivotal Champions League clashes against Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Monchengladbach interleave La Liga meetings with all of Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Athletic Club.
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This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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