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Zidane concerned with lack of Levante breakthrough

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has said he is concerned that his side failed to break down Levante on Saturday afternoon.

Having failed to beat Valencia prior to the international break, Zidane knew his side had to beat Levante on Saturday to keep up with Barcelona, who look favourites to make it three wins out of three against Espanyol later in the evening.

However, a poor start to the game against the Valencian based side saw Ivi open the scoring, spinning past Dani Carvajal before slotting past Keylor Navas.

The game was largely dominated by Madrid but with very few chances and Zidane’s early misery was compounded further as Karim Benzema was forced off with injury, being replaced by Welsh winger Gareth Bale.

Madrid did level through the lively Lucas Vazquez, who tapped home following Sergio Ramos’ saved effort from Raul Fernandez.

Marcelo was sent off in the final moments for kicking out at Jefferson Lima in a result that sees Madrid fail to win their first two matches at home for the first time since 1995.

“We cannot be happy with our performance, now we are four points behind and we have to be a bit concerned. We have to find solutions because we did not play well,” Zidane told reporters after the game.

“We lacked a lot today. The start of games are very important to us and we did not start well.”

One added bonus for Zidane is the return of Cristiano Ronaldo next week after serving the last of his suspension this week, who Zidane will be hoping to add extra creative and breakthrough to his side.

“The problem was that we did not find solutions and we have not scored enough goals, so we have to be more clinical. Cristiano and Benzema were not there and that cannot be changed, still, I am worried about that.”

“We have to forget what happened to us today, analyse it and look for solutions within this squad.”

Madrid now face APOEL in the opening tie of their Champions League campaign next Wednesday.

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