Zinedine Zidane, the Real Madrid boss, has insisted that he is “not bothered” by the team’s defeat to Barcelona
Real Madrid found themselves two goals down within seven minutes thanks to goals from Lionel Messi and Ivan Rakitic. However, they managed to fight back and were level again at half-time after goals from Mateo Kovacic and Marco Asensio.
In the end though, Gerard Pique’s goal five minutes into the second half secured a victory for Barcelona meaning that Real Madrid failed to win any of their International Champions Cup games.
Real Madrid face Barcelona once again in the Supercopa de Espana in a fortnight but Zidane will also be focusing on the UEFA Super cup game against Manchester United in Skopje.
Speaking to the club website after the game Zidane said, “This is pre-season and I’m sure that the results we’ve achieved weren’t what we were expecting, but this doesn’t alter anything. The important thing is to be ready for August 8. I saw some good things out there, but also some things I didn’t like.”
He said that the team now needs to be patient and work hard ahead of the UEFA Super Cup. While he said that defeat “always hurts” he said that he is “not bothered” and that the team now needs to “improve and change a few things”.
Much of the build-up to the game focused on the future of Neymar who has been linked with a potential €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain. Barcelona’s head coach Ernesto Valverde is eager to keep hold of the player and has said that he expects him to stay.
Quoted in Marca, he said, “I try to talk about what is happening right now. Neymar is here with us, we count on him and we think that he should help us out this year.”