The Spanish League must have dreamed of it, Real Madrid did not. By being beaten by Athletic Bilbao on Thursday night in the semifinals of the Spanish Supercup, the Merengue club missed the opportunity to offer a Clasico to the football world on Sunday night. This has very little importance in the eyes of the Madrid fans, above all upset by the defeat of theirs, relatively unexpected. Zinedine Zidane had lined up a very competitive eleven, with a highly anticipated Asensio-Benzema-Hazard attacking trio. Penalized by two errors from Lucas Vazquez in defense, unlucky with two posts from Asensio, Real Madrid therefore failed to qualify for the final. But don’t talk to Zinedine Zidane about failure.
“It’s not a failure. Failure is not to try, not to give everything on the field. Life is like that, you can’t always win. What we always try to do is win, but you can’t always ”, he commented at a press conference after the meeting. Zidane was not born late in the morning, he knows that this elimination will make people talk, as he had said at the microphone of The team at the end of the meeting. “I know very well that this defeat will make people talk, that there will be noise but it will not affect us. We know where we are going ”.
Zidane defends Hazard
The Spanish press therefore insisted on the poor passage of Real, who had not won their last game in La Liga (0-0 against Osasuna). The French coach was slightly annoyed when asked if this defeat could leave traces. ” No. What do you want, that we leave the season? “ Zizou is rather spared in the criticisms which flourish in the Spanish dailies this morning, unlike Eden Hazard, again disappointing under the Madrid tunic.
Asked about the poor performance of the star rookie last season, Zidane defended his player, as he always does. “He has to regain confidence, play a good game, score a goal, something different. We know the player he is and we have to be patient, but he works. We are with him, we must be patient. “ Patience is a virtue less used by the Spanish media, who are now waiting for the apparently easy Cup match against Alcoyano, to fully pull out the claws.
Source: Foot Mercato : Info Transferts Football – Actu Foot Transfert by www.footmercato.net.
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