Zinedine Zidane may not be the world’s best coach for now but as a football icon, the Real Madrid coach knows how over-confidence can be a negative factor in football matches.
Image: Zinedine Zidane
Last night’s 1-1 draw against Villarreal in a home game, proved the Frenchman was right to have advised his players “not to worry about record runs or results from rivals”.
Zizou instructed his team to focus on the game at hand and worry less of whatever happens elsewhere. But Los Blancos’ dream of achieving a record-breaking 17th consecutive La Liga wins was thwarted by the visitors.
“We must be focused on what we have to do ourselves because we play before their game,” explained the French coach.
“Whatever happens they are going to be up there until the end because they are both very strong.
“We need to win as many games as possible, even if we win another three or more consecutive games it may not be enough to win this league.
“We haven’t won anything with this winning run although the records are nice – we just need to keep focus on winning.
“We want to play, to train and to win – it’s going to be a long season and there will be difficult moments but currently, things are going well.”
Image: Victorious Madrid celebrate win against Atletico Madrid in Champions League Final, May 28, 2016.
Gary Lineker of BleacherReport wrote after the game:
Real Madrid draw with Villarreal and fail to better Barça’s record of 16 consecutive La Liga wins….Ah well.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 21, 2016
Sergio Ramos could have been named Man of the Match for attracting a penalty earlier in the first half, and scoring a 48th minute header to equalize for Madrid.
Though Los Blancos fought hard enough to stay ahead with Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo misfiring at begging chances, heartbroken Zidane believes it’s impossible to win all the time.
The Madrid coach admitted at a press conference, according to a report from Omnisport:
“We managed to change things around after the break, but the first half was not good enough. That is not the first time this has happened. We will try to work on this.
“We will now focus on our next game. We have to change some things, especially the way we start. We like to put the pressure on our opponents right from the start, but we were unable to do that. But we cannot always play well and be at our best from the start. Things like this happen.
“It always costs energy when you have to chase the game. You make life difficult for the opponent if you go a goal up. We have to be more focused from the start. We lacked intensity in the first half.
“But the second half was phenomenal. The second half was spectacular. Mistakes can happen in football. You cannot always secure the win in the final minutes. But I am happy with the team. We got a point in the end and I am happy with our second half.”
Image: Zinedine Zidane
Meanwhile, Tomas Roncero [a pro-Real Madrid journalist] wrote a tribute to Zizou, in appreciation of his unequalled contributions to football development at Los Blancos.
Tomas wrote in a report published by Marca: “Zidane leads a squad of 24 players, not 11,” BBC quotes.
“[Mocking rivals Barca who boast of only the MSN trio] This squad doesn’t just have a plan B, but also a plan C and plan D. I’ve never seen a Madrid so complete, versatile, and reliable.”