Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has insisted that the team is still capable of winning the title after a shock loss to Girona left them eight points behind Barcelona.
Isco gave the team an early lead but Cristhian Stuani equalised in the 54th minute and Portu scored the winner four minutes later.
Speaking to Marca Zidane said, “We lost three points, and we are eight behind, but nothing is going to change. Real can come back, we will have better days and our rivals will drop points.”
This is Girona’s first ever season in La Liga. They hit the post twice in the first half and were closer to scoring a third goal than Real was to an equaliser. However, Zidane refused to be too critical of his team, “I don’t think we played badly. We did not lack intensity, we tried hard, but that’s why the defeat bothers me. It’s more to do with lack of concentration. Their first goal was from a throw-in and we were not focused.”
Despite the surprise felt by many, Girona coach Pablo Machin said that he expected the win, “I had the utmost confidence we would win, even at half-time. I thought we were unlucky to be down 1-0. It was normal for us to not lose this game because our football made both goals possible. I have just been told that it is 30 years since a promoted team beat Real Madrid. We did it with style.”
He went on to praise the team for their remarkable achievement saying that if it was suggested three years ago he would have called the idea “crazy” adding, “This result is for those who have been following us a long time, they have always helped us.”