“It started in preparation for this match, knowing that Alaves had three players on top, who are their strongest players,” Mijatovic said.

Mijatovic criticises Zidane

The former Real Madrid footballer and sporting director, Predrag Mijatovic spoke out about what went wrong in the 2-1 defeat at Alaves on Saturday night. He believes that Zinedine Zidane’s preparation was not right and that Los Blancos did not understand where Alaves are at their most vital position. “It started in preparation for this match, knowing that Alaves had three players on top, who are their strongest players,” Mijatovic said. “Lucas Vazquez had a good game against Inter when he played further forward as a right-winger, so you cannot move him back to right-back for this game. You have Eder Militao who can play there, but I don’t know what’s going on with this child. He does not play as a centre-back or full-back.

“So Lucas Vazquez was in at right-back, and Marco Asensio played on the right. But you know that Asensio cannot bring as much as some others. I feel like they didn’t realise that Alaves’ strongest areas are the left-wing and upfront, with their two strikers. It is where the problem began. Alaves surprised me because they came out with great motivation and played without fear, which surprised Real Madrid too.”