Zidane says Real Madrid has "no excuse" to defend against Valencia 4-1

Zidane says Real Madrid has "no excuse" to defend against Valencia 4-1

Mestella is a mess

Real Madrid were determined to continue their ascent to La Liga, but were stopped by the ransacked Valencia team. Having lost Rodrigo, Francis Coquelin and Dani Parejo in the summer, Valencia also lost Jeffrey Kondogbia to Atletico Madrid after the capital club exercised their right to sign the contract by losing to Thomas Partey at Arsenal.

Four losses this season have left former Watford boss Xavi Gracia facing the possibility of a knockout fight. However, a surprise 4-1 win over Real Madrid turned the season upside down.

After Karim Benzema scored the first goal against Los Blancos, Carlos Soler scored a penalty. Every time Soler hit, Thibaut Courtois went the right way, but could do nothing to prevent the Spaniard from realizing. Rafael Varane added a quirky own goal, adding grief to the Frenchman to a bad season.

Valencia moved up to 9th place, along with Barcelona by eleven points. However, Real Madrid is now in fourth place. It is important to note that Atletico Madrid are in 3rd place, one point higher than Los Blancos, but with a game in hand and playing two less than first place, Real Sociedad.

No excuses

After the game, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said that his players defended themselves “without excuses”.

“We started well for the first half hour, - said the coach " Real Madrid »Zinedine Zidane.

“After the goal we fell apart and changed the dynamics. Everything happened to us; three penalties, own goal. It's hard to understand ", - said the Frenchman.

“After their first goal, we lowered our level a little and stopped doing everything that we had good. We did everything wrong, it's hard to understand our game. "

“There is no excuse for how we defended ourselves today. After the first goal, our heads fell, and the problems continued to grow. We are not defending ourselves as well as we used to be. "

The La Liga title race looks as unpredictable and competitive as the Premier League. Real Madrid are facing their own internal problems on and off the pitch following the disagreements between Benzema and Vinicius Junior.

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