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Zidane admits disappointment after Levante draw

A baffled Zidane admits poor performance, provides update on Benzema

September 9, 2017 By Oscar Rojas
The French boss had some harsh words for his players after dropping points for the second straight game at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid's draw against Levante provided a couple of lessons for Zinedine Zidane, while also letting him disappointed over Karim Benzema's injury.

Following the team's second draw in the same amount of games at the Bernabeu, the French boss demanded more concentration and drive from his players, as they gave away points against a recently promoted team.

We lacked tons of things today. The first minutes of each game are crucial for us, and when a team plays defensively, you have to add a bit more intensity to your game, and we failed to do that today. We conceded first and that's what bothers me the most. But we can't go mad, we have to be better next game," Zidane stated.

The 1998 World Cup winner with France dismissed the possibility of changing his rotations policy, even if he doesn't have the same amount of top-caliber players in all positions as he had last year.

"This is the squad we have, and we need to find solutions among those available. I'm not going to change that policy because of a bad game, this is what I believe in and I'm sure that sticking to it is the way to go," Zidane added.

Before the press conference concluded, Zidane provided an injury update on Karim Benzema. 

"He walked out due to a thigh injury, I hope it doesn't take too long for him to be available," the coach revealed.

Despite Zidane's best hopes, Real Madrid's medical staff performed a battery of tests on Benzema, revealing on their website that the player will be out for at least one month.


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