Zinedine Zidane admits Real Madrid were second-best to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, and was left concerned by his side’s lack of intensity.
13-time Champions League winners Real got their new campaign off to a disastrous start by losing 3-0 to PSG. In fact, Zidane’s men clearly lacked the required intensity and quality to challenge for long periods in the game.
This dreadful display in France enabled PSG, who were missing Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, to brutally thrash them.
Former Real winger Angel Di Maria scored a first-half brace to put PSG in control at the Parc Des Princes. A stoppage-time goal from Thomas Meunier then wrapped up an embarrassing night for Zidane and his players.
Los Blancos even failed to register even a single shot on target. Although they were, perhaps, unfortunate to lose by such a big margin as a VAR review ruled out Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema goals.
“They have surpassed us in everything, especially what bothers me is the intensity,” Zidane told reporters after the match.
“At this level, in this competition, it is complicated if you don’t enter the field well. They have surpassed us.”
The Real boss added: “They are good at creating chances. What has worried me is to see my team without the necessary intensity.
“We know that the opponent was going to put a lot of pressure on us and we almost never entered the game. We had only two chances and made two goals, but the VAR has ruled them out.”
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was under the spotlight for his performance in France after conceding three goals.
The Belgium international once again conceded from the near post during a nervous-looking display in the first-half. However, he did improve after the break.
“We are all in the same boat,” said Zidane when questioned on Courtois.
“When we win, we all win. And when we lose, we all lose. I don’t want to point at anyone. It is everyone’s fault when it is lost.”
Following their humbling defeat in their Group A opener, Real will next travel to Sevilla for a La Liga clash on Sunday.
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