Zidane: “Defeat is surrender, the rest is the way”

Zidane, during Getafe-Real Madrid.

Three points behind Atlético at the end of the night, after a day in which Madrid broke its streak of four consecutive victories in the League, a Zinedine Zidane appeared in the press room with a philosophical air to de-dramatize the matter. “At least we have tried. Defeat is surrender. The rest is on the way ”, the French coach released amid the barrage of questions about how he valued the point in Getafe with an alignment darned on all sides between the casualties (nine) and the start rotations (Benzema and Kroos).

“Today we have given the maximum, although it is true that we have lacked offensive clarity. Back we were good, engaged. The players must be congratulated because it has not been easy. They played a good game and they fought for it ”, assured the white coach. He could not deny, yes, the low production in attack of his own in the second half, where they barely peeked into David Soria’s beard. “I’m not worried about it,” he clarified, however.

The whites left the Coliseum with only two shots on goal in the entire duel. This season, only against Villarreal and Osasuna, both away from home, left lower records (one in both cases). In total, Getafe fired 19 shots in front of the 10 of the visitors, and 26 centers to the area before the 12 of the meringues.

Absences and fatigue bogged down a team that was coming happy. Tired but happy. The eleven presented by Zizou was the youngest this season in the League, with an average age of 26 years and 138 days. The last time he jumped with a younger line-up was against Espanyol in December 2019 (26 years and 121 days). The result this Sunday south of Madrid, yes, it was not ideal for the whites.

Zidane was asked again about the extreme situation in the physical plane that he regretted just a week ago, after defeating Barcelona. The coach said they would get out of this situation. “You think of the word ‘limit’, but we have no limit. We will put it higher, there is no ceiling here. Now we have to rest and move forward ”, he proclaimed. One that lacks finesse is Kroos, who didn’t even heat up. “He is in discomfort, we cannot do nonsense,” he warned.

In which there was no trace of fatigue was in Courtois, who left one of his most outstanding performances. His statistics confirmed an outstanding task. Against the azulones he completed his best numbers in saves without conceding a goal in his career with Madrid (six interventions). In total, he has managed to stop 17 of the last 19 shots. “We are a bit disappointed by the point because we always want to win. We know that Atleti did it. The field was difficult, with very dry grass it was difficult to circulate the ball. In the first half it was difficult for us, we still played too far back ”, admitted the Belgian goalkeeper, who appealed to the unit and refused to excuse himself in the casualties.

The reading of Marcelo’s meeting was more pleasant. “I don’t think we lost two points, but gained one,” he said. “It is very difficult to play here. We knew who we were coming to, what we were going to find. The field was very dry, but it is what it is, “he commented.

The Brazilian, very behind this course of Ferland Mendy, reappeared in the eleven and closing as a left back a defense of four, a role that he had not performed for three months because he was only seen as a lane with the protection of three centrals. “I don’t think I have a supporting role. I contribute a lot to the team, I have taught the kids that they can never give up, I am working to get back to the level of before. I need minutes. Playing, things work out. It costs, but they are challenges that I love ”, he pointed out.

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