Zidane blasts Real Madrid players after 7-3 defeat to Atletico
Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has lashed out at his players for “lacking everything”, as they lost 7-3 to Atletico Madrid in the International Champions Cup.
Atletico led 5-0 at half time of the pre-season fixture on Friday.
Diego Costa netted four goals, before he was sent off along with Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal, following a clash in the second half.
The margin of defeat could have been greater, if not for some desperate defending and late goals from Karim Benzema and Javi Hernandez.
Speaking after the game, Zidane told reporters: “What happened is that we entered the game very badly. A high-level competition, we entered very badly.
“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.
“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.”