Zidane bemused at Real Madrid drawJanuary 8, 2018
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has said the ‘can’t explain’ the 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Sunday evening.
Madrid’s first league game of 2018 didn’t go to plan as they were held to a draw at the Balaidos to Celta.
Welsh winger Gareth Bale scored twice for Los Blancos in his first league start since September however, his goals weren’t enough to secure the three points for Mardid.
Celta took a surprise lead in the 33rd minute when Daniel Wass fired the home side ahead a great chipped shot went over keeper Keylor navas.
The lead didn’t last long though as Gareth Bale fired in his first goal of the season to bring Madrid level. Two minutes later Bale scored his second of the night following a pass from Isco.
In the second half Madrid had chances to extend their lead but where unable to do so with chances from Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo but ultimately they came to no avail.
Celta also had chances to level up the score with Jonny coming the closest to scoring for the home side.
The game had a big turning point twenty minutes from time when Keylor Navas fouled Iago Aspas but the Costa Rican keeper made up for his errors and saved the penalty.
However, there was nothing Navas could do to stop Maxi Gomez from scoring Celta’s second. After a costly mistake from Marcelo in the middle of the pitch lead to a counter attack primarily lead by Aspas.
In the last ten minutes Lucas Vazquez had a chance to win the match for Zinedine Zidane’s men but his shot was saved by Ruben Blanco.
“What we lacked? The second half and playing for 90 minutes,” the Frenchman told reporters after the game.
“We played very well in the first 45 minutes, but not the second. We must analyse our performance in depth.
“We made many mistakes. We lost the ball several times, which we don’t usually do, and we did so at important moments.
“We have to avoid these mistakes and play with more consistency. I have to detect the problem, I’m the one responsibility and we’re going to try.
“Sometimes we play well for 90 minutes, but we haven’t done so lately. It’s true Celta pressed us and that we didn’t play as we should have.
“We must have more confidence in our chances. You have to play well for one, two, three, four games… And we’re not doing that.
“I think we’re fine physically, we ran and ran. When you watch back the first half, we did very well, but in the second…
“It’s not a matter of running. It’s like their second goal, it came from a series of mistakes. Then our opponents lift themselves and you have your head down.
“Not everything went badly. There were things that we wouldn’t do usually. Explanation? I don’t have it. We’re going to try to fix things so that we have consistency.”
Real Madrid now find themselves 16 points behind leaders Barcelona and host Numancia on Wednesday in the second leg of their Copa del Rey tie.