Zidane has no explanation again for Madrid's performance

Lawrence Kim
January 16, 2018

Real Madrid German midfielder, Toni Kroos was realistic after Real Madrid's 1-0 loss at home to Villarreal on Saturday at the Spanish League.

They are now fourth on 32 points, 16 points off leaders Barcelona who can stretch the lead with a win away to Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Mundo Deportivo went on to claim "Villarreal beat them at the Bernabeu and risk their place in the Champions League".

The under-pressure Zidane, who led Madrid to the La Liga title and Champions League titles past year, insisted that his side can still "turn this around".

"I don't need anyone and that's that", he said. Barca went into the campaign with a new coach, Ernesto Valverde, losing the Supercup to Real Madrid and seemingly groggy after losing Neymar to PSG.

After the break, Villarreal nearly netted themselves, but Denis Cheryshev - formerly of Real Madrid - dragged his shot wide of the post.

Former Madrid forward Denis Cheryshev came close with a shot for Villarreal after halftime, and Fornals didn't miss when he had his chance near the end.

"Inexplicable" was the front-page headline on Madrid sports daily Marca on Sunday, which remarked that the reigning Spanish and European champions "don't know what is happening to them" in La Liga. The hosts pulled one back in the 88th minute through Florin Andone and Adrian Lopez had a gilt-edged chance to level in stoppage time but smashed the ball into the stands.

Zinedine Zidane could not explain how Real Madrid failed to score in their last-gasp 1-0 defeat to Villarreal, but is adamant his side have not hit rocket bottom.

The result means Calleja's team climb to fifth place in La Liga, and are now only a point behind Madrid, who have a game in hand over the triumphant visitors.

Madrid has already raided Spurs before, securing the signings of Gareth Bale and Luca Modric earlier and both players have helped them to win many trophies including three Champions League titles.

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