“We can’t make any excuses, we played a bad game” – Zinedine Zidane

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The Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has reacted to the less enthusiasm showed by his side as they got 1-0 home shock defeat in La Liga on Saturday.

Coach Zidane added that if Anthony Lozano didn’t give Cadiz the lead early in the game, his team could have been two or three goals down before halftime. That was after they missed four chances in a chaotic start from champions Real.

“They played with more enthusiasm than us and pace, we don’t have to make excuses and we have to congratulate Cadiz FC.

“It was not easy for us from the beginning of the game and I it wouldn’t have surprised me if they had scored two or three goals in the first half.”

“The way we started the game was what concerned me the most.

“We then struggled to establish chances but that’s a consequence of the bad start we had made,” the coach said after his team managed only two shots on target in 90 minutes to Cadiz’s five.

But Zidane backed his side to turn things around ahead of a crucial week which sees them begin their Champions League campaign.

Shakhtar Donetsk went to meet Real Madrid at home on Wednesday before visiting arch-rivals Barcelona in the ‘Clasico’ next Saturday.

Real Madrid’s shock defeat saw Cadiz move up to second in the table, level on 10 points with Madrid who have a game in hand.

“I don’t think this game (against Cadiz) is going to have a disadvantage on us, we’re going to try and fix things up.

“Of course tonight is a bad night for us but we’re going to try and change things,” added Zinedine.

“We’ve only lost three points. They are three important points, but nothing else. Now we’re thinking about our next game.”

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