Trainer Zinedine Zidane put on the fine on Sunday evening after Real Madrid’s spectacular defeat at Valencia in La Liga. The home team won by three penalties and an own goal with 4-1 against the ‘Koninklijke’.
“Three penalties and an own goal is too much of a good thing”, Zidane was disappointed after the game in conversation with Spanish media. “It’s my fault because I’m the coach and I have to find a solution. I can’t justify what happened. It was a bad day and there are no excuses.”
At half time it was already 2-1 for Valencia, after which Carlos Soler completed his hat-trick from penalties in the second half. It is the first time since 1996 – Alen Peternac for Real Valladolid – that a player at the highest level in Spain has used three penalties in one match.
It was also the first time in over two years that Real took at least four hits in a league match. In October 2018, they lost 5-1 to rival FC Barcelona, an equally embarrassing defeat that cost coach Julen Lopetegui his job.
“Valencia was no better tactically than us. We started well, but everything changed after the equalizer. It’s hard to understand,” said Zidane, who did not want to use the absence of some permanent employees as an excuse. “We can point to a thousand things, but we don’t. They are still Real Madrid players and they have to perform.”
Due to the painful defeat, Real Madrid remains at sixteen points in La Liga, four less than the surprising leader Real Sociedad. The Madrid people have played a game less.
Disappointment at Real Madrid after the zeperd at Valencia. (Photo: ANP)
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