At the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium, the Blancos had a horrible evening, losing the game and their star winger, Eden Hazard,
After seeing his team lose 2-1 at home on Saturday to Alaves, Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane was at a loss for a reason.
On either side of the hour, Lucas Perez and Joselu scored for Alaves, and in the 86th minute, Madrid could only respond with a late Casemiro consolation.
It was Madrid’s third La Liga loss of the season as Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad fell six points behind them with 23 points each at the top of the standings.
In all competitions, Madrid has already lost three of their last five home fixtures, as many losses as in their previous 31 home matches.
Eden Hazard’s injury troubles continued as the Belgian was pulled off in the first half to make the night even worse.
Zidane revealed in his post-game press conference that after they put in a good midweek display with a 2-0 victory at Inter in the Champions League, he was puzzled by his team’s inconsistency.
“I don’t have an explanation,” said Zidane. “We alternated good moments with poor moments tonight. If after three minutes they scored a goal, things got really difficult for us.
We played a nice game the other day in Milan and today… it’s reality, our reality today. What we have to do is keep running, retrieving players, and adjusting the dynamics. We have no continuity.’
Zidane responded when asked what he would say to his players to help them achieve more consistency: “I have to find a solution with the players.” I’m not going to mention that here. Not just do we focus on the negative. We must see what we’ve done right, too and strive to be more reliable.
Zidane was especially dismayed at the start of his team, as when Victor Laguardia’s header caught Nacho on the upper arm, Alaves won a fifth-minute penalty. To give the guests an ideal opening to the game, Perez will bring home the resulting penalty.
“It’s the worst start of the season,” confessed Zidane. “We couldn’t change the dynamics of the game and that bothers and worries me.”
As they are now traveling to face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday, Madrid will be facing another swift turnaround.