Zinedine Zidane took responsibility for Real Madrid’s crumbling defeat to Valencia on Sunday.
Carlos Soler became the first player to score a hat-trick of penalties in a La Liga game in this century.
Raphael Varane scored an own goal which helped Valencia run away winners at Mestall and move up to ninth in the table. Real sit at fourth and four points behind leaders, Real Sociedad.
“Three penalties, an own goal, it’s too much,” said Zidane. “The fault is mine because I am the coach and I have to find the solution. I can’t justify what happened. It’s a bad day, there are no excuses. We must improve defensively.
“I don’t think Valencia have been tactically better than us. The only thing is that we started well and everything changed after the goal. This is difficult to understand. But yes, the maximum responsibility is mine. We must find solutions after the goal they scored.”
Isco started his first game since October 17 but failing to impress creatively. Zidane defended the player, saying, “Isco has tried, he has done well like everyone else. In the end, everyone loses, there is not just one guilty party.”