UEFA Champions League 2016/17: Zinedine Zidane takes the blame for Real Madrid failure
Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has opined that his team’s 3-3 draw against minnows, Legia Warsaw, was a surprising result and that he is the one to be blamed for it.
The former World Cup-winning midfielder admitted that it was a “strange match” where the unexpected happened. The former Real Madrid Castilla boss also said that his team lacked a bit of everything and shouldn’t have taken a breather after being up with 2-0, thanks to goals from Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.
“I’m not surprised with how the game went,” the Madrid boss said, according to Marca. “It was a strange match and what we expected didn’t happen, either in the game or in our performance.
“We lacked a bit of everything. When you score twice you can’t take your foot off the gas, that’s what we did and they scored. Then it was a very hard game. It’s my fault, but in the end, we didn’t lose and that’s good.”
The former Juventus midfielder believes that the team should have tightened things up after the lead was taken. However, a failure to do so meant that Legia Warsaw could counter the Blancos with relative ease.
"There's a lot to analyse," the Frenchman added. "When you go 2-0 up you need to think more and be more closed but we didn't do that and they could counter us.
"They scored and made the game more difficult for is. What we'll do is forget about this game and think in the weekend.”
Since the Galacticos couldn’t grab all three points, they are in serious danger of finishing the group at second place, meaning that they would most probably get a tough draw in the round of 16.
Though Zidane admits that topping the group would be very complex after this draw, he believes that they can still do it and will keep fighting with everything they have in order to achieve it.
"This makes finishing top more difficult, but we'll see. For us it doesn't matter, we can still finish first and we'll battle to do so."
The draw against Legia Warsaw means that the Merengues have opened up the chance for Borussia Dortmund to finish as the group leaders. As the pressure on Zidane rises, it would be interesting to see how the legendary Frenchman is going to respond to it.
So far, if results are the only thing taken into context, it seems as though Zidane has his work cut out.
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