Anthony Lozano netted the winner, but the guest got a few chances to score in the first half at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

Cadiz showed more rhythm and hunger

Zinedine Zidane has revealed that his Real Madrid team were fortunate not to suffer a heavier defeat at Cadiz on Saturday. Anthony Lozano netted the winner, but the guest got a few chances to score in the first half at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. Los Blancos’ overall show will not please their head coach, but he will be especially worried about what happened in the opening 45 minutes. “They showed more rhythm, more hunger,” Zidane later admitted. “We have no excuses. It was a bad game, and we have to congratulate Cadiz. We are not happy. It is what can happen in football. It was tough from the start, and if they had scored two or three goals in the first half, we would have had no arguments. There is no excuse.”

 

“We were not physically imposed on the game, and you could tell. There are no excuses here, and we must see how we can change that.”

Real Madrid are ready for El Clasico

“We were missing a lot. If you don’t have rhythm in a top game, it’s hard. They had more rhythm and more will. The beginning of the game is what worries me the most. We fought a lot to create chances, yes, but that is a consequence of a bad start.” Zidane made four half-time replacements, replacing Isco, Lucas Vazquez, Luka Modric and injured Sergio Ramos. “I didn’t do it to single out two or three players,” Zidane said. “We are all in the same boat. Ramos has a niggle. Let’s see what it is.” The defeat comes before the week when Real Madrid start their Champions League campaign and play Barcelona in El Clásico. “We are ready for that,” insisted Zidane. I said on Friday that we play every three days and sometimes that makes it difficult for us.

“We only lost three points. These are three crucial points, nothing more. Now we have to think about the next game.”