Real Madrid performance ‘worries me’ – Zidane admits fears after Alaves defeat

Zinedine Zidane lamented his side's defeat to Alaves and offered an update on Eden Hazard's fitness after Saturday's game.

12:12am on Sunday 29th November 2020
Robin Bairner

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane admitted that the performance of his side in a 2-1 loss to Alaves has given him cause for concern.

Los Blancos were expected to close the gap on Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga to just three points but suffered a shock reverse at the Alfredo Di Stefano.

An early penalty from Lucas saw them fall behind before a Thibaut Courtois error allowed Joselu to double the guests’ advantage. Casemiro got one back late on, but Alaves had their chances to score more.

“We made our worst start of the season and we couldn’t change the dynamics of the game. That bothers and worries me,” Zidane admitted after the match.

“In the second half we fell short. We did very little to change the course of the game.”

Madrid have won only seven of 14 fixtures this season and it is the lack of consistency that is frustrating the boss.

“I don't have an explanation for it. And for tonight either,” he admitted, having seen his side beat Inter in the Champions League away from home in midweek.

“We alternate good moments with bad moments. When they score a goal after three minutes, things get very complicated for you.

“The other day in Milan we play a good game and today ... It is reality, our reality today. What we have to do is keep working, recover players and change the dynamics. We don't have consistency.”

Zidane, meanwhile, lamented the injury situation and offered an update on Eden Hazard’s fitness after he was forced off in the first half.

“We’ve got a problem with regularity,” he admitted. “We’ve got a lot of issues with injuries. It’s not an excuse, but it is reality.

“I think and hope Hazard is just a hit. I hope it’s not muscular.”

Madrid are back in action again on Tuesday, when they face Shakhtar Donetsk away in the Champions League.

Having lost the previous meeting between the clubs, they will see avoiding defeat as essential.

Latest news

Player Ratings

Spain 1-1 Poland Player Ratings: Morata strikes as La Roja struggle

The Juventus striker netted the opening goal but missed a golden chance to seal three points as Spain are held to a draw.

  • 15 hours
Player Ratings

Portugal 2-4 Germany Player Ratings: Ronaldo shines despite inspired comeback from Havertz & Co.

Jogi Low's Germany side have moved into second place in Group F after an important 4-2 victory over Portugal in Euro 2020

  • 18 hours
Player Ratings

Hungary 1-1 France Player Ratings: Pogba disappoints as World champions are held to a draw in Budapest

Didier Deschamps's side conceded their first goal and points in six games as Hungary overcame the odds to draw 1-1 with the World champions

  • 21 hours
Predicted XI

Verratti to return? - How Italy could line up against Wales

The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder has missed Italy's first two games of the competition, but could return as they're already into the last 16

  • 1 day
Player Ratings

England 0-0 Scotland Player Ratings: Kane fails to deliver as Scotland impress

Gareth Southgate's team failed to produce against a spirited Scotland side who picked up a vital point in their bid to qualify

  • 1 day
Predicted XI

Goretzka back and Werner to start - How Germany and Portugal could line up

Germany will be fighting for all three points against Portugal on Saturday following their 1-0 defeat to France in the opening round of Euro 2020

  • 2 days

Most read