A regretful Zinedine Zidane accepted his portion of the blame for this season and promised there be no repeat of it from Real Madrid.
The sole highlight left of Zidane’s return to the Santiago Bernabeu was his 100% home record, which came to an embarrassing end in Sunday’s season finale where Real Betis claimed a memorable 2-0 victory.
After Keylor Navas kept Los Blancos in the game during a low-key opening 45 minutes, Loron Moron and former Real star Jese Rodriguez scored in the second half to give the visitors all three points.
Therefore, the Spanish giants have lost 12 times in a single La Liga campaign for the first time in two decades. Furthermore, their 68 points tally is the lowest they’ve managed since the 2001/02 season.
“What happened this year has to be accepted. I’m to blame – we’ve had 11 games and won just 5. That is what it is,” said Zidane, according to FourFourTwo.
“When a season starts off badly and then you are not playing for a trophy, I think it is hard to play well if there is nothing to play for. Motivation is a strange thing, it is part of our reality.
“During the week, it always seems like we are going to have a good match but in the end, it just doesn’t happen due to many circumstances.”
After suffering a last-16 Champions League exit to Ajax and being eliminated from the Copa del Rey semi-finals by Barcelona, Real are expected to spend heavily in the summer transfer window.
It’s been suggested that as much as €540m could be spent on just six players.
“Now we have to focus on next season because we want to please the fans and I can tell them right now that we are going to prepare well in pre-season,” continued Zidane.
“We are going to have plenty of time to focus on our work and set up a great season. We’re going to compete from the off.”