You had to gather the staff and speak clearly. The situation demanded it. The team that added twenty-one games without losing and thirteen goals against it, was defeated in the Cup with four goals. The figures were breaking. The locker room was a cemetery minutes after 3-4. Zidane had to take the bull by the horns. Real Madrid is the leader of the League, continues in the Champions League and the sadness exceeded the seriousness of what happened. I could not allow this bad result to sow distrust after 108 days undefeated.
Zidane: «I know it was a big stick and I am the first to suffer it and think about what I could fail. We know they point you to some players, but I don’t point to any. Have no doubt that for me you remain each and every one the same. I do not point to anyone and you will all be important »
Fourteen hours after the disappointment, the coach summoned the group yesterday to talk with the players, take responsibility, analyze their own mistakes and send a motivational message. Zinedine pointed out the first, wanted to carry the criticism and remove his men from the target to place him behind his back. The shots against me.
«I think about what I could fail»
He began his harangue with a “mea culpa” by flag: “I know it was a fat stick and I am the first to suffer it and to think about what I could fail.” Exposed personal self-criticism, he warned: «We know that they point you to some players, but I do not point to any. Have no doubt that for me you remain each and every one the same. I do not point to anyone and you will all be important ». He wanted to protect his pupils against external accusations, especially football players who are not headlines, play less and now they take the varapalos of the press and the fans.
“We have two giant challenges ahead and we are going to fight to the death,” he said standing in front of everyone. «We have done many good things all this year and we deserve to continue aspiring to everything. We have earned it »
Marcelo, Nacho, Militao, James, Areola and even Jovic, who only played twenty minutes, are the main names of a witch hunt who is looking guilty, but the analysis of the technical body expresses that, without circumventing the possible own error in the alignment , it was the whole team that failed in the defensive system. Ramos and Kroos were not well either and Benzema did not give up in attack. The technical picture defines that it was a generalized puncture, based on misses that quickly condemned the white team until losing 1-4, with the virtue of a subsequent reaction that placed the result in 3-4 with options to force the extension.
«There are two giant challenges»
Exposed the truths of the bad taste, the sports manager of Real Madrid gave a stir to the situation and went from self-criticism to reaffirmation. He lobbied his players to keep this faith in themselves that they had consolidated for three and a half months. “We have two giant challenges ahead and we are going to fight to the death,” he said standing in front of everyone. «We have done many good things all this year and we deserve to continue aspiring to everything. We have earned it ».
«I have no doubt that we will overcome the coup and that on Sunday we will demonstrate what we want and what we are»
The Marseillaise wanted to imbue in the minds of its players that they cannot now doubt their quality for a bad game. He demanded the personal self-confidence he has seen so far in each professional. “I have no doubt that we will overcome the coup and that on Sunday we will demonstrate what we want and what we are.” He said it without arrogance, very calm, with the low tone that defines his way of proceeding. He thinks that screaming verbiage gets nothing but rejection. And he set to prepare Sunday’s meeting in Pamplona, where the leadership is played.
For Zidane it is a respite to recover Carvajal, Casemiro and Lucas, who were low. Varane will return to the axis of defense and Mendy will return to cover the left flank well. All of them, along with Valverde, are fixed guilty of the stage of 21 games without losing and of the 13 goals suffered in 22 league games. Osasuna is another end for the French. .