Zinedine Zidane named a changed side for Saturday’s game, and in effect received a much-changed result. As Real Madrid were beaten by opponents Mallorca away from home.
The loss was Real Madrid’s first in the La Liga – and apparently saw them drop to second on the log. – However, Zidane insists he is not worried after his side’s defeat to Mallorca, but called for a show of consistency.
“The problem is that we have to show every three days that we’re good,” Zidane said. “That’s the difficulty – we don’t do it.
“I won’t say that I’m worried because I don’t like the word, but if we want to win something this season, we need consistency.”
“[I feel] bad because we didn’t play the game we wanted and in the end, starting as we started, it has been difficult. In the second half, we were a little anxious because there had been no scoring chances.”
Zidane went into the game, without several first-team names, including Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale (injured), Luka Modric (injured), Toni Kroos (injured), Lucas Vazquez (injured), Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal.
The manager is however adamant Real Madrid showing is not down to the several injury blows to his team. Insisting he still has ‘good players’ who should have produced a better result.
“The injuries aren’t an excuse,” Zidane said. “There are players who aren’t injured; we have more good payers, too.
“When it comes to their turn, they have to show that they’re at the level to be here. We can’t do anything about the injured players.
“We can’t be surprised by a team playing in their own stadium. We knew what would happen. They surprised us because they scored, but then they backed down and we didn’t find a solution.”