Real Madrid finds it difficult to win at Mestalla. Another defeat at same ground costed them to lost three points. Club manager Zinedine Zidane admitted that they started poorly and they lost the game withing ten minutes. Los Blancos did create lots of great chances but it was to late to save the defeat against Valencia. Although they have one game in hand, but they are one point ahead of defending Champions Barcelona.
The visitors began the game with ball possession and tried some attempts. Few minutes later, former West Ham Simone Zaza scored the unstoppable stunner and put Valencia in front. Worst was yet to come for Real Madrid when they conceded second goal withing ten minutes of first half.
Cristiano Ronaldo just scored before the first half that gave Real Madrid some hope of making comeback. But Valencia defended too well in second half and successfully marked all players.
After final whistle at the Mestalla, Zidane spoke to reporters and said
“It’s clear that we lost the game in the first ten minutes. We started the game very poorly. Normally, our chief strength is the way we start games, but today it was the complete opposite. They scored two, then we did good things – but it was too late. In the first ten minutes, we weren’t smart or on our guard.”
“I’m not worried. We’re angry about the first ten minutes. But there are no excuses. In football, your mindset is very important and in the first ten minutes it wasn’t right. In the first ten minutes, we lacked concentration without the ball, [Simone] Zaza was always between the lines and hurt us. We were too open, one poor touch and you’re f**ked. We have a game on Sunday [away to Villarreal], and now what we have to do is rest and focus on the next one.”