Zinedine Zidane adamant Real Madrid inconsistency is not down to ‘attitude problem’

Zinedine Zidane adamant Real Madrid inconsistency is not down to ‘attitude problem’

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is convinced that his team's inconsistency is not due to an attitude problem in the squad.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is convinced that his team’s inconsistency is not due to an attitude problem in the squad.

Defending La Liga champions Madrid have been wildly erratic in 2020-21, churning out some below par performances despite also celebrating some commendable victories, such as a 3-1 win in El Clásico and Wednesday’s win at the Champions League at Inter.

His most disappointing results include home losses to Cádiz and Shakhtar Donetsk, as well as Valencia’s 4-1 win before the international break.

They are heading to Saturday’s clash with Deportivo Alavés after a 1-1 draw against Villarreal in their previous league outing, which means that if they fail to win, they will lose points in three consecutive league games.

Madrid have already conceded 10 goals in their first nine games, the most combined at this stage in 12 seasons, but Zidane refuses to attribute it to the team’s collective mentality.

“It is not an attitude problem because we always want to give everything,” he told reporters. “You asked me, so I have to answer, but this is football, there are many factors at play in a game and sometimes you cannot understand it.

“The only thing we know is that if we do things together, we are very difficult to beat but being consistent in football is the hardest thing to achieve and we try to work on it every day, concentrating and working on everything we want. can. We have little time to prepare, but in the end that is what we want, to do it well ”.

It has been suggested that Madrid are nearing the end of an era, with many players nearing the end of their careers (Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema are now over 30 years old), but Zidane dismissed this notion and did not. no promise. to bring reinforcements in January.

“No, it is not the end of an era here. You always have to fight, be focused, we never stop in that sense, “he added.

“There will always be changes to a squad from time to time, but the players want to compete and now we have this squad. Until when, I don’t know, but we have to do it until the end of the season with the squad I have and we don’t have to change anything ”.

Zidane has also confirmed that Dani Carvajal is on the sidelines for another time due to an adductor injury, while Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos are still absent for the moment.

“Dani has something and we are going to do the exam now. It seemed like nothing, but now it does, we will examine it, but I don’t know how long it will be out, I am not a doctor. He has a problem, that’s true, ”said Zidane.

“Karim’s injury was bigger than it seemed, we have many games, training sessions, in the end a player has to be physically well to play.

Sergio the same, we will not rush it. The feelings with him are good, so we will see when he returns to the team, but for the moment he is out ”.

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