Real Madrid could only manage a draw at Villarreal even as the Yellow Submarines came from behind thanks to a late penalty after Samuel Chukweze was fouled in the 18-yard box to steal a point.
After the game, coach of the side Zinedine Zidane praised his players despite allowing Villarreal to come back into the game.
The coach did not outline the lapses from his players which was corrected, could have gotten the needed three points on the road.
“We deserved much more from today’s performance, especially in the first half. I’m annoyed as the boys worked hard”. “We dropped two points. We have to praise my players, they did well, we controlled the game and in one move they equalised. That can happen in football. We had a chance today to pick up three points and it’s a shame”. Mariano’s substitution “He hadn’t played for a long time and was exhausted at the end”. His situation “I have the same drive and it will always be like that until the last day. You continue with what you’re doing and I’ll get on with my work”. Hazard “He’s here, he’s played, it’s true indeed, played for a long time and in a match, you have to manage the minutes well, but he’s involved and he’s fine”. Isco “He’s a Real Madrid player, he’s staying here and that’s it. We’re not going to talk about what happens inside, that stays inside” (h/t Real Madrid official website).
Some of the highlighted points by Zinedine Zidane and how it affects Real Madrid in future matches
1. The game as a whole
Zinedine Zidane was annoyed with the fact that his players worked hard only to end up losing two points. But there’s still much to learn from this.
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2. Mariano’s substitution despite his goal
Mariano’s exit from the pitch was justified by the coach. According to him, hadn’t played much and he was exhausted at the end, and the only way to give him rest was to pave way for fresh legs.
3. Eden Hazard’s continuous progress
Hazard also started the game but was taken off by the coach. The coach said he was taken off to give him time to rest.
4. Isco Alcoron’s situation
“He’s a Real Madrid player, he’s staying here and that’s it. We’re not going to talk about what happens inside, that stays inside”. this was the word from the coach on Isco Alcoron despite heavy rumours linking him with a move to major clubs in Europe.