Zinedine Zidane analyzed Real Madrid’s defeat by Barcelona in the Santiago Bernabéu press room.
“We started very well and had opportunities to score but we didn’t manage to do so. We made a mistake for the first goal and the game became a tough one after that. Just as I was about making substitutions, the second goal went in and everything changed. Mateo also picked up a knock defending the second goal and the first was our fault because we didn’t defend it very well. It’s a painful defeat but it’s the way it is, and we have to take it”.
“We’re disappointed because it’s a tough one to take but we’re not going to let our heads drop. We’ve got a week to rest up well and we’ll come back stronger than before. Real Madrid never gives in. It’s a tough time now after the defeat and conceding three goals. We didn’t deserve to lose in this manner, but that’s football and it happens sometimes”.
Talking about his approach during the match, the Real Madrid Coach had this to say. “I don’t regret anything. I’m here to make decisions. If we had scored in the first half, things would have been very different. They are my decisions and I take full responsibility. We’re frustrated because a defeat like this is very painful.”
“Now we have to rest and keep going forward. I’m not going to ever change. We have to keep making progress because we have a long way to go. Everyone seems to think that LaLiga is done and dusted but I don’t think that it is.”
Zidane’s men had the better of a tight first period at the Bernabeu, but Barcelona took control in the second and Luis Suarez swept home the opener before a Lionel Messi penalty took the game beyond Real.
It was a strange spot-kick award by referee Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez, who could simply have awarded a goal rather than a penalty after Dani Carvajal handled on the line but then knocked the ball in as he lost his footing.
The decision also saw Carvajal sent off. Substitute Aleix Vidal added a third in stoppage time, opening up a 14-point lead over Real Madrid.