Real Madrid needed a goal to secure all three points, but instead of two strikers came out academy players Marvin Park and Sergio Arribas came on instead of the two strikers.

Zidane: I didn’t want to change the system, we had to put players on out wide

Real Madrid began the defense of their LaLiga title with a 0-0 draw away at Real Sociedad. Still, Zinedine Zidane faced questions about whether his decision to keep Luka Jovic and Borja Mayoral on the bench was personal. Real Madrid needed a goal to secure all three points, but instead of two strikers came out academy players Marvin Park and Sergio Arribas came on instead of the two strikers. “I didn’t want to change the system, we had to put players on out wide – that is what we did,” Zidane replied. “I have a lot of players. Today I made this choice. I have nothing against Jovic or any player, I do not want to change the system, and so I changed the wings.” Zidane was left feeling frustrated that even these changes did not have the impact he had hoped for.

The head coach is satisfied with Martin Odegaard’s debut

“They lost two points because we are always going to win,” the coach insisted. “Overall, we had a good game; we created chances in the first half, but not in the second.” Another key point for discussion was leaving Casemiro, who did not start work on the first day under Zidane. “In the first half we dominated, in the second, we slowed down.” Instead, Martin Odegaard sided for his first LaLiga appearance for the club since 2015 against his former club. “I am satisfied with his debut. He doesn’t have any knee discomfort, which is important,” Zidane said. “It is the first game, and we only had three weeks. Little by little, we will improve with Odegaard; We have to be calm with everyone.”

“We missed the threat of a goal, but we need to be calm.” Zidane also singled out defender Raphael Varane, who rebounded from a disastrous end of last season with two errors against Manchester City. “What happened in Manchester can happen,” he explained. “We know the players that we have, and today all the defenders did very well. It’s the job of all the players who defend very well. Now we’ll be thinking about making things better offensively.” Zidane will now look at the second Real Madrid’s instrument of the season, away at Real Betis next Saturday.