‘If we play like this, we will progress’: Zinedine Zidane has no concerns over Real Madrid’s poor Champions League start despite them sitting BOTTOM of their group after winless two games
- Real Madrid rescued a last gasp draw at Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday
- But result leaves them without a win from first two Champions League games
- They are bottom of Group B with a double header with Inter Milan to follow
- However boss Zinedine Zidane sees no issues with his side’s performance levels
Zinedine Zidane insists he has no doubts that Real Madrid will reach the last-16 of the Champions League if they match the performance that rescued them a last-gasp draw at Borussia Monchengladbach.
Madrid fell behind to a Marcus Thuram brace either side of half-time in Germany before Karim Benzema and Casemiro struck late goals to rescue a point in their second Champions League group game.
However the result leaves them bottom of their group following a shock 3-2 opening day defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk at home, with their next two matches coming in what is now a vital double header with Inter Milan.
Zinedine Zidane claims he was impressed with his Real Madrid side’s performance despite them needing two late goals to rescue a draw at Borussia Monchengladbach
The Madrid boss though claims his side played well at Monchengladbach and would have been good value for three points, as he praised the resilience of his team to keep fighting until the end.
‘The result shows the character in this team,’ Zidane said. ‘We deserved to draw and I think get even more. I like the reaction and it’s an important point.
‘We played well throughout the match, but it’s true that we lacked something because we didn’t win. We believe in the plan and we deserved the draw
Karim Benzema struck acrobatically three minutes from the end for Real Madrid
Casemiro (right) celebrates scoring his side’s equaliser in the third minute of stoppage time
‘There was a lot of good and there are no easy games. If we play like this then we’ll do good things and we’ll progress to the knockout rounds.’
In a bid to turn around a 2-0 deficit during the second half, Zidane threw on Eden Hazard for his first appearance of the season as a substitute.
The Madrid boss admitted he always planned to use the former Chelsea forward who has struggled to justify his £150million transfer since moving to the Spanish capital in the summer of 2019.
Eden Hazard made his first appearance of the season in the Champions League clash
Real Madrid sit bottom of their group after a winless start in the Champions League
‘That was the plan,’ Zidane said of his introduction of Hazard. ‘It was to try to play him. I don’t know how we’ll get him back, as we play every three days. We’ll see.’
With La Liga fixtures now being played around the return of European football, Zidane admits he is going to struggle juggling the work load of his players, admitting a few of his squad are likely to pick up injuries during this period.
‘We’re going to try to [manage the fatigue],’ he added. ‘We won’t be able to stop and we’ve had a lot of wear and tear. It is what it is
‘It’s going to be a difficult year for everyone. But today we have to be very proud of what we did.’