eal Madrid continued to produce less than in the 2019 pre-season. In the third match of the 2019 International Champions Cup against Atletico Madrid on Saturday (07/27), Zinedine Zidane’s side fell behind 0-5 in the first round to finally lose 3-0. 7 when the referee blows the whistle the match ends.
Defeat by conceding seven goals is clearly not an ordinary thing for a team like Real Madrid. Indeed, the match decorated with four Diego Costa goals was limited to pre-season matches, but Madrid also lowered almost all the best players.
Since the first minute, in the back line there are Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Nacho, Alvaro Odriozola and Thibaut Courtois as goalkeepers. The midfield is filled by Toni Kroos, Isco Alarcon and Luka Modric. Meanwhile Luka Jovic was accompanied by Eden Hazard and Vinicius Junior on the front lines.
According to Zidane, a severe defeat occurred because the Madrid players started the game very badly. He highlighted the intensity of the game that made Madrid powerless by Atletico which brought down new players such as Joao Felix, Kieran Trippier, Renan Lodi, and Mario Hermoso.
“What happened was that we started the game very badly. In a tournament with a high level, we started very badly,” Zidane said at a press conference after the match . “In the eighth minute we have left behind two zeros. There is no response from us to change something.”
“The first half was very difficult. We were never able to start the game. We lost everything, especially in terms of intensity. They scored seven goals certainly cannot happen again. The players also knew that, because they were also disappointed. You don’t need to cover it. It’s a match pre-season. They look better. This doesn’t worry me, but it hurts me. Nobody plays to lose … “
On the other hand, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone responded to Atleti’s big win over his rival not too seriously. According to him this is just a pre-season match.
“I don’t want to be in a hurry to respond to something like that. I live in reality. It’s a good match. I just saw my players very enthusiastic and optimistic. Now it’s just waiting for the next game, rotating players and preparing to face La Liga. “This fight is a picture of what happened between us and Real Madrid,” Simeone said.
Furthermore, Simeone only saw the games of his foster children who performed according to his expectations. Some players performed brilliantly and according to the instructions. The Argentine coach still saw a number of shortcomings in his team.
“We prepared this fight well. After seeing the Madrid match, we saw an area that could make it difficult for them. We were looking for a good place to drain the ball … and we were very precise, in football it was very important. Next to the final score, Madrid gave a great fight at the end of the match, they created a number of opportunities. “
Just like Simeone, Zidane also wants to immediately move forward and forget the results of this fight. The French coach was sure his team would make the defeat as a trigger to appear again well when the 2019/20 season officially rolled out.
“We can’t keep looking back. It’s a bad game but we also have to see what we’ve been trying so far. We will be more motivated, I’m sure of that,” Zidane said. “Our season will go well, I’m sure. Today we are not happy. Now we have a lot of shortcomings, especially tonight.”
“But besides that I am sure that I have a team that can perform very well and can compete. That’s all. Now we will come back and rest. We will prepare again for the new season and remain calm. We will be ready on 17 August for the match first league, “he continued.
Before facing the new season, where Real Madrid will face Celta Vigo in the first match, Los Galacticos will still undergo a friendly party. On July 30 they will face Tottenham Hotspur in the pre-season match titled Audi Cup. After that FC Salzburg became Real Madrid’s last friendly match on 8 August.