Zinedine Zidane reckons Real Madrid “deserved much more” after settling for a goalless derby draw with rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
In a rather dull match, Zidane’s side arguably had the measure of Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano. Although chances to score were rare with Toni Kroos coming closest in the first-half for Real by forcing Jan Oblak into saves twice.
Gareth Bale, perhaps, should’ve broken the deadlock early into the second half. However, he ended up blazing Nacho Fernandez’s cross over the bar instead.
Oblak then spared Atletico of a home defeat by producing an excellent save to deny Karim Benzema’s header in the final 15 minutes. Therefore, the two Madrid teams had settle for a point in the end.
While it was enough to take Real back into top spot in La Liga, Zidane was left feeling unsatisfied by the final result.
“We deserved much more, but what I have to do is congratulate the players since we have been supportive again and we kept a clean sheet,” the Real boss told reporters.
“It’s not just intensity, but what’s important is our strength. We saw a strong Madrid because we didn’t concede a chance. We lacked in creativity but we’re happy with what we did.”
Eden Hazard, meanwhile, had a forgettable first Madrid derby for Los Blancos. He simply couldn’t deliver on the night in a very disappointing performance that saw him fail to register one shot.
“He lacks little things. We have to stick with him. He’s done a good job, but we haven’t had many chances,” added Zidane.
“We have to highlight everyone’s work. We’d like him to score because it’ll release him, but there are no problems, we’re sure it’ll come.”
Real will now prepare to host Club Brugge at the Santiago Bernabeu for a Champions League match in Group A on Tuesday.