Real Madrid can still catch Barcelona – Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane insists Real Madrid can still win LaLiga despite falling eight points behind leaders Barcelona with Sunday’s shock loss at Girona.
Madrid seemed set for for a 14th straight away league victory, when Isco scored after just 11 minutes.
However, the hosts turned the game on its head with two quick goals.
“We lost three points today, unexpectedly, but that does not change anything,” Zidane said afterwards.
“We will go home, rest, and get ready for Wednesday. The players are still motivated for LaLiga.”
“We know we can turn this around, we will have better days, and the other teams will drop points too over the season. We want to win La Liga, it is our day to day. There is still a very long way to go, so I am not worried.
“I do not agree that we played badly today. All the players made an effort. Then there were details, the rival’s first goal came from a throw-in and we lost concentration and did not defend well. The second goal, the same, with a rebound. We ran until the end. It was not a lack of effort.”
Chances missed at 1-0 up had cost his team, Zidane said.
“My feeling is that we had chances to get a second goal,” he said.
“When you are 1-0 up at half-time, you must think the rival can hurt you in the second half. We lacked a bit of concentration, and they played well, direct, quickly, winning second balls. Above all for their first goal, as when they equalise, the game changes.”