Zinedine Zidane disappointed after Madrid drop points

Zinedine Zidane disappointed after Madrid drop points

Zinedine Zidane on Sunday said that he disappointed after Real Madrid winning streak was halted by a plucky Celta Vigo as the two teams played to a 2-2 draw at Santiago Bernabeu. 

Rivals Barcelona beat Getafe 2-1 on Saturday and are just a point behind Madrid and opened a 10-point gap from the chasing pack after Sevilla were held to 2-2 draw by visiting Espanyol.

"There's nothing to explain, it's just the way things are, it's football," he said. "I'm not worried about it, but I'm disappointed, as always when you drop two points at home," said a philosophical Zidane.

Real's five wins on the trot saw them zoom past Barca and take control of the league. 

On Sunday, Zidane paraded a powerful attacking troika of Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. Hazard was making his first appearance in three months after he recovering from an injury.

The obscene attacking talent on display failed to trouble Celta Vigo's rearguard and it was the visitors who grabbed the lead through Fedor Smolov who sent in a low finish past Thibaut Courtois.

Ramos penalty 

"There were mistakes, especially for the first goal. We were not well-positioned, it happens, and it'll happen to us again," Zidane said. 

Celta Vigo withstood a barrage of attacks from Real Madrid and went into the shed with an unlikely lead. 

Zidane's men didn't have to wait any longer after the resumption. Skipper Sergio Ramos had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for an offside. The pressure paid off when Toni Kroos was at the end of a Marcelo cross to drill home the leveller. 

Ramos game Madrid the lead from the spot after Hazard had been upended by Celta keeper Ruben Blanco in the 65th minute.

"We're glad he's back. We know what he can do for us. He didn't go further than we planned after three months out. He was involved in a lot of attacking action," Zidane said of Hazard, who was replaced in the 73rd minute after his first outing since mid-November.

Dennis Suarez through ball

Relegation-threatened Celta then responded strongly to the goal by stringing together dangerous attacking move.

With four minutes remaining on the clock, Madrid rearguard was caught napping as a Dennis Suarez through ball beat the entire defence and substitute Santi Mina latched on it to drill past a stranded Courtois to earn them a valuable point.

Real play Levante in the league next Sunday before entertaining Manchester City in the Champions League.