Real Madrid could only draw against Tottenham Hotspur (1-1) at home in the third week of the Champions League group stage. Los Blancos had many chances but they found Lloris. Keylor Navas was also one of the best players of the team.
Benzema, again, missed many chances, but Zidane is calm: “I didn’t see him worried. He wish he had scored, but what Lloris did… From ten chances, you save one and it was today. But I see him like always, every day he’s better. He scored in Getafe and could score tonight. Pacience”.
Despite the result, Zidane is not very sad with the result: “The two goalkeepers were great. I’m not surprised. It’s a shame for us. We’ve won a point because the global result was logic. They also deserved a point”.
Zidane spoke about the feelings after the game: “Like always, we cannot be happy because we want always to win at home. We had chances, Cristiano’s bar… But there were two great goalkeepers and we have to accept that, sometimes, there is a goalkeeper that saves your chances. We don’t have to look beyond. We did the things right, they defend well. It’s a normal draw”.
The manager also spoke about the many chances missed: “I’m not worried but bothered, especially for the players, because they are fighting. The first 20-25 minutes we play with intensity, in the rival area, but there is a goalkeeper. I’m not more worried. We have to keep going, there is a second leg there and we will try to get the three points, it’s like a final. It’s not Tottenham venue, we’ll try to win the game”.
The French coach was also asked about Achraf, who played his first game in the Champions League from the start: “He’s the natural right back, Nacho can also play there. I’m happy for Achraf, he’s growing up. He has many resources. We’re happy with him. Nacho had also many minutes and he’s going to have more soon”.
Zidane was not surprised by Tottenham: “All the games are complicated and ever more against teams that defend well like Tottenham. I’m not surprised, it’s always complicated. All the rival come out at 250%. I’m happy for what we’ve done tonight. We can always do better. It’s a shame that we haven’t taken our chances and the second leg at Wembley will be great”