Wednesday, 28 February 2018

La Liga: Zidane feels sorry for Real Madrid players after Espanyol defeat

La Liga: Zidane feels sorry for Real Madrid players after Espanyol defeat

In the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, high-flying Real Madrid witnessed another shocking defeat in Spanish League La Liga as Zinedine Zidane’s men lost to Espanyol on Tuesday at the RCDE Stadium. 

Madrid were eying their 6th consecutive win against Espanyol and rested key players including the likes of Cristino Ronaldo, Casemiro and Luca Modric. Zidane’s decision of keeping Ronaldo out of Madrid’s lineup backfired for the Frenchman against Espanyol when Gerard Moreno blasted the all-important winner. 
Although Karim Benzema was still introduced by Zidane in the second half in search of a winner but Madrid failed to capitalize the Frenchman’s reinforcement.

Reaching injury time Madrid’s defence started looking vulnerable in the closing stages. An unmarked Gerard Moreno punished the visitors in the 93rd minute of the game with the deciding goal. With the disappointing result, Madrid are likely to find themselves in the fourth spot if Valencia win away at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday. 

The La Liga holders are currently occupying the third spot with 51 points. Blancos are 14 points behind league leaders FC Barcelona. Speaking to media about the disappointing result, Zidane said that Madrid started brightly with plenty of chances to score in the first half. Despite the goal scoring opportunities, Madrid missed a bit everything and played a dreadful second half.

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