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Real Madrid: Zidane: Real Madrid’s season is going to be good, I’m convinced

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Real Madrid: Zidane: Real Madrid’s season is going to be good, I’m convinced

Real Madrid   Critical of his team, but still has faith

NGEL RIVERO A fter suffering an embarrassing 7-3 defeat at the hands of rivals Atletico , Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was surprisingly upbeat and feels his side will have a good season nonetheless.

Despite being four goals down after just 27 minutes and never really threatening the Atleti goal until the latter stages, Zidane hasn’t lost faith in his men.

“We will be motivated,” Zidane told the press. “I have no doubts about that.

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“Our season is going to be good. I am convinced

“We can’t be happy with today. But with everything else, I’m convinced that I have a team that will compete very well.

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“It doesn’t worry me but it hurts. When you lose… you don’t play to lose.

“But it’s happened and we can’t look back. It was a bad game.”

When trying to explain the manner of the defeat, Zidane pinpointed a lack of intensity.

“What happened is that we started the game very badly,” Zidane went on.

“After eight minutes we were 2-0 down and there was no response from us to try and change something

“The first half was difficult

“We lacked everything. Above all intensity which is necessary at this level.”

In terms of some individual performances, Zidane didn’t want to pinpoint anyone in particular, instead focussing on the collective.

“They [Atleti] scored seven goals, that can’t happen,” Zidane stated.

“The players also know that, and are disappointed. They aren’t failing me.

“There’s no need to look at it again. It’s a pre-season game and we need to be calm.

“[Eden] Hazard didn’t play badly. Everyone did. We got it wrong, especially at the start

“They were better at everything, and that’s it. There’s nothing more to say.”