Zidane regrets an action against Valencia.GABRIEL BOUYS / AF
P The sun at nap time, the pleasant temperature and Benzema's early goal invited him to a recreational day in Madrid, accustomed this season to games suffered and, to sometimes indigestible. Against Valencia, his after-dinner ran in a placid way . This time the shouts of Sergio Ramos were not necessary from the last row of the stands, who attended the afternoon session in peace and with a double mask.
Zidane, however, did not notice the victory on his face. He looked sulky. "For a coach, the worst thing is injuries," he said. Against Valencia he lost again Carvajal after half an hour, who returned to the infirmary after seven games of absence (he accumulates 18 absent this season), where Sergio Ramos, Odriozola, Militão, Rodrygo, Hazard, Marcelo and Valverde are already. “I don't know why this happens, I don't understand. There are many and I am concerned, "said the Frenchman. Given the accumulation of meetings, they asked his opinion on the proposal to reduce teams in First and the coach avoided that garden. "We have enough trouble," he exclaimed. “The calendar is what it is. This year we did not have a normal preseason and there are many injuries. But I don't get involved in the rest ”, he settled. Despite this cataract of physical problems, Zizou stressed that "the improvement of the team is evident." "We believe in what we do and we will continue," he said. “Today was a good game. They all played it well defensively and in attack we did damage. ”
Real MadridCourtois, Varane, Ferland Mendy, Nacho, Carvajal (Lucas Vázquez, min. 27), Casemiro, Modric (Isco, min. 78), Kroos, Vinicius Junior , Benzema (Mariano, min. 78) and Marco Asensio (Sergio Arribas, min. 70) ValenciaJaume, Gayá, Ferro, Thierry Correia, Gabriel Paulista, Gonçalo Guedes (Yunus Musah, min. 45), Wass (Lee Kang-In, min. 63), Uros Racic, Carlos Soler (Christian Oliva, min. 63), Manu Vallejo (Gameiro, min. 45) and Maxi Gómez (Patrick Cutrone, min. 82) Goals1-0 min. 11: Benzema. 2-0 min. 41: Kroos. Referee José María Sánchez Martínez Yellow cards Gonzalo Guedes (min. 26), Uros Racic (min. 43) and Thierry Correia (min. 45)
It was the third consecutive victory for the whites after a year that started with more than one blow. “It may be that you have to win everything. And if we win everything, we don't know if it will be enough ”, he commented on the aspirations in the Kroos League, author of 2-0, his second goal of the year. “Our goal is to focus on ourselves. It is what others do. To be champions, we cannot fail much ”, he added with his team five points behind Atlético and two more games.
However, the German, a guy who flees from complacency, left some brush strokes for the future. About aim, attack and defense. "We should have scored more goals, 2-0 is not enough," he warned after such a placid match. “With our quality we must have long possessions. We can do much more. Sometimes, it costs us, we lose the ball fast upstairs and then we have to run without it. We have to improve this ”. And regarding the work behind, the medium made another call to collective effort. “Today [for this Sunday] we all defended together and we did not see a clear chance for Valencia. In this we also have to do much more ”. Nacho was asked about his feelings ten days after the white Rubicon, the Champions League against Atalanta, and the central did not miss the opportunity to remember the obligations of everyone in the rear. “Any team that wants to be strong, the first thing is defense. Leave a clean sheet ”, he declared satisfied with the duty accomplished.
The afternoon began, yes, in the opposite area, on Benzema's ankles. The first minute had not been fulfilled when the Frenchman took an involuntary blow from Thierry in the left in the area and, ten later, a turn with the right from the front placed the ball in the corner of Doménech. It was the beginning of a placid day for the locals in which even Mendy wanted to sing bingo with his right hand. A foot caught by the VAR spoiled the party for the left-hander. “It has just arrived and it can improve a lot. He has back and forth, and offensively he can contribute. It suits us, ”Zidane said of one of his signings.
The encounter also left a new message for Isco, once again relegated to the rotation behind the young Arribas. As a few weeks ago against Levante, the squad went out to the field before the Malaga, who continues with his days in the sun in Valdebebas. Despite being the only first-team midfielder on the bench due to Valverde's injury, that didn't buy him more minutes either, punished by a very poor performance in recent times. Meanwhile, the small Arribas has already made his fifth appearance this year, a not inconsiderable figure if Zidane is in the equation.
Gayà: "It is not right to say that we do it wrong and not change"
Valencia does not come out of frustration. If the first round match against Madrid (4-1) served as a lever, his time at Valdebebas returned him to disappointment after a somewhat better start to 2021. Gayà, one of his references, was very forceful about his team's game. “We leave with bad feelings. We give away the first part and it is not the first time that happens to us. It is not good that we go out here, we say it and then we do not do it, ”he started. “We did not go out with the intensity that is due. We gave too many facilities. Our pressure was very timid and with the ball we did not give three consecutive passes in the first half ”, he analyzed. The inferiority in the second was alleviated, although Valencia was never close to disturbing Madrid. “After the break we improved, but it was not difficult. We arrived well and the feelings of the first half are not explained. Now you don't have to look at the calendar, just the next game ”, concluded Gayà.