Zinedine Zidane fuming as leaky defence costs Real Madrid once more
Real Madrid’s season has lurched from one disappointment to a different over the previous couple of months and the temper on the membership was additional soured by a 2-2 La Liga draw at Levante on Saturday, a outcome that left embattled coach Zinedine Zidne “disgusted”. Zidane’s facet twice threw away the lead with Giampaolo Pazzini’s 89th minute equaliser incomes Levante a degree and leaving the defending champions fourth within the standings, 18 factors behind arch rivals and leaders Barcelona.
Madrid began the 12 months poorly however consecutive league wins over Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia had given Zidane hope that his staff is perhaps turning a nook, till they slipped up once more towards a hard-working Levante. The coach was livid that his staff made two defensive errors which led to each Levante objectives, the primary transformed by Emmanuel Boateng earlier than Pazzini’s late intervention.
Madrid captain Sergio Ramos broke the impasse however then performed Jose Luis Morales onside within the construct as much as Levante’s first equaliser three minutes earlier than halftime. Then, 33-year-old ahead Pazzini, a deadline day mortgage signing from Verona, was allowed to cost between Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane to attain on his debut after Isco had restored Madrid’s benefit.
“I’m disgusted with the result, it’s hard to take,” Zidane advised reporters. “After our second goal we had to control the ball, nothing else, and defensively we were not good. “The truth is the game was under control and we had done the hard part, which is scoring. We scored the second, 2-1, but we made two errors and they scored two goals against us.”
Madrid have now conceded in every of their final six league video games and shipped a complete of 25 objectives, more than twice as many as Barcelona (10) and second-placed Atletico Madrid (9). With Madrid eradicated from the King’s Cup by native rivals Leganes, the one trophy they will realistically win is the Champions League, wherein they’ve a difficult final 16 tie towards Paris St Germain to barter.
Midfielder Casemiro is adamant that Madrid can not proceed to defend so poorly in the event that they want to defend their European crown. “We made two errors and we let in two goals, that’s football,” Casemiro stated. “We have to think game-by-game, but it’s clear we can’t make those mistakes against PSG.”
Madrid host PSG on the Santiago Bernabeu on February 14 within the first leg of their Champions League showdown, with the return in Paris on March 6.