Zinedine Zidane did not seem overly bothered by Real Madrid’s exit from the Spanish Super Cup.
A 2-1 defeat ended Los Blancos’ hopes of winning one piece of silverware this season, with Bilbao and Barcelona progressing to the finals.
“What do you want, for us to abandon the season?” Zidane said when asked about the consequences of the result. There will be more external noise, but we’ll keep on working.”
The Galacticos were off to a slow start and trailing by two goals in the first half.
“The first half was difficult,” Zidane acknowledged. “We didn’t start well, they scored two goals with their two chances and that’s hard. We didn’t read the first half well. They pressed and we lost balls that we don’t usually lose. We had a better second half, created chances and scored.”
Eden Hazard came on to impress but he still is far from his very best.
“He has to be patient,” Zidane said. “He needs to score, but we have to be patient.
“The team tried, but we have to turn the page and keep working. We can’t just go crazy now. I don’t think the fans will get tired of him. We have to be patient with him.
“He wants to get out of this [run of form], but it wasn’t just Eden today. We started badly, but he did well in the second half.”