Zinedine Zidane is upset but “convinced” Real Madrid will enjoy a good season following their 7-3 rout at the hands of rivals Atletico Madrid at the International Champions Cup.
Madrid were put to the sword in New Jersey, where La Liga neighbours Atletico led 5-0 at half-time in the pre-season fixture on Friday.
It was an incredible match at MetLife Stadium, where the margin of defeat could have been greater if not for some desperate defending and late goals from Karim Benzema and Javi Hernandez.
“At eight minutes we were down 2-0. There was no response from us to change something. The first part was difficult. We never entered the game. We have lacked everything. Especially intensity.”
Zidane continued: “They scored seven goals, it can’t happen. That is also known to the players, who are disappointed. You don’t have to spin it over. It’s a pre-season game. They’ve been better at everything. There is nothing more to talk about.
“We are preparing a season and being calm. We have to be on August 17, with the first league game. For now, we have lacked things for sure tonight.”
“We will be motivated. I have no doubt about that. Our season is going to be good. I am convinced,” added the Frenchman, who saw Luka Jovic leave the game in the first half with an apparent leg injury.