BENZEMA AND MORATA CAN PLAY TOGETHER – ZIDANE
ZinedineZidane is still contemplating on trying Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata in attack after Real Madrid squandered numerous opportunities during a 2-2 draw against Las Palmas.
Alvaro Morata started the match while Karim Benzema came from the bench to score Real Madrid’s second goal against the Islanders, but the coach was left to rue earlier misses when Las Palmas substitute, Sergio Araujo levelled the match in the 86th minute.
Real Madrid star players, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, failed to score despite having enough opportunities and Zidane said he would analyze the causes of the team’s wastefulness in front of goalposts.
“From the kick-off to the final whistle what we did was good. We played good football and created many chances,” said the Frenchman. “We created chances, but lacked concentration. We controlled the game, but didn’t convert our chances. We deserved to win. You must be 100 per cent focused until the end. I will return and analyze why we couldn’t score. Karim and Morata can play together.”
Former Real Madrid player now their coach, Zidane substituted Ronaldo off after 72 minutes, a sub which was brought into question after Madrid spent the final minutes of the match finding the winning goal without the talismanic Portuguese.
But Zidane made known that the substitution was made in consideration of their 1-1 draw in the Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund.
“I called out Cristiano because we play again on Tuesday. He always wants to play. Sometimes this happens in football. We just needed to convert the many chances we created.” He said.
“We deserved to win. We won’t give up. There were two crucial errors that cost us the win. We are obviously disappointed with the result, but we must keep striking hard to maintain our form in the league”