Zinedine Zidane has revealed his frustrations after Real Madrid prolonged their winless run with an "undeserved" draw against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night (27 September). It was the third consecutive stalemate for the Champions League winners, but the Frenchman has assured fans there is nothing to worry about just yet.
Real Madrid began the campaign in sensational style, clinching the European Super Cup trophy against Sevilla before winning their first four La Liga games of the campaign. They also opened their Champions League title defence with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Sporting CP, scoring twice at the death to secure three points.
However, this has been followed by a week to forget, with draws against Villarreal, Las Palmas and Dortmund. The downswing has coincided with the absence of Casemiro due to injury.
Zidane admits that Real Madrid lost their concentration during the 2-2 draw with Las Palmas, but said against Dortmund they suffered from poor luck in front of goal.
"In the game against Las Palmas we lacked concentration, but not against Dortmund. Today we did what we needed to from minute one until minute 90. We struggled a bit in the first half with their pressure, but that's normal at this ground. It's not a problem, we'll carry on and we're going to change this," the Real Madrid boss said in the press conference after the game. "Perhaps [we lacked] another goal [to kill the game]. When you lead by just the odd goal these things can happen to you. Such is football and we're on a bad run, but we still in there fighting. That's now three draws, but we'll continue to work hard and we'll come through it."
Against both Las Palmas and Dortmund Real let the game slip away in the game's dying minutes. Las Palmas scored the equaliser at the weekend with just five minutes remaining, while on Tuesday former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle secured a point for Dortmund in the 87th minute.
Zidane has backed his side to turn around the situation in upcoming games, with the La Liga home encounter against Eibar around the corner.
"We are, and I am, frustrated. We played a good game in attack and defence and it was a great effort from everyone. We played the game we wanted. At the end, the same again, it's the third match. I'm frustrated for the players because it's undeserved. It's not a bad result, but playing like we did, with chances we had and being 1-2 up with three minutes to go..," he said. "We played well from the first to the 90th minute. If they get a goal right at the end... sometimes in football you go on a bad run but we'll get through it. The tough thing is telling the players that they deserved better from the game. With the effort they put in on the pitch, it's difficult to find the words for them. But they're intelligent and we're going to rest up, prepare the next match and turn this around."