Zidane: “10-point deficit means nothing”

Zinedine Zidane said that the title race is still not over despite the fact that his side are 10 points behind the league leaders, Barcelona, after they weren’t able to break through the Atletico Madrid’s defence and the score remained goalless.

Neither team created many chances over the 90 minutes in the first ever Madrid derby at the Wanda Metropolitano — meaning Barca were the day’s big winners after their 3-0 victory at Leganes elsewhere in the Spanish capital earlier on Saturday, according to ESPN. It has never happened that the team would be able to come back from the 10-point deficit and win the title but Zidane still believes.

The former France international spoke about his side’s situation as he said: “I do not see it like that. There are still many games to go, many points to play for. Ten points are a lot, yes, but for sure this will change. Barca will not always pick up points, and we must be there waiting. Football can change quickly, and we will be there fighting until the end, for sure.”

He was happy with the overall performance despite not scoring the winning goal: “We played well but just lacked a goal. I have nothing to reproach my players for. We played a great game, deserved more tonight but it was not to be. We should be patient, we are on the right path. I am sorry for the players, the effort they put in, they deserved more.”

Zidane wasn’t able to explain his team’s inability to score: “This is football. Sometimes the ball won’t go in. I cannot explain it really. But it will come, for sure. Like last year, and like just two months ago. When a team makes a lot of chances, we cannot be happy, and the players first.”