Real Review - Real Madrid 0-1 Real Betis - 20-9-17
Real Madrid's La Liga season continued with a defeat against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.
The winless Bernabeu start - in La Liga anyway - was continued but, unlike the previous draws against Valencia and Levante, this time Real were stunned by Real Betis after they left with a 1-0 victory.
Despite dominating the majority of the game with Cristiano Ronaldo, returning from his five game domestic ban, which saw the Portuguese have the better of the chances, Real couldn't make the breakthrough.
Los Blancos had almost 30 efforts on goal but couldn't find a way past Antonio Adan.
Real Betis offered up a late warning when Antonio Sanabria saw a tap in ruled out for offside but the Paraguay international wasn't having his added time winner taken away from him. The former Barcelona youngster headed Antonio Barragan's cross past Keylor Navas.
A first Real Betis win at the Bernabeu - in La Liga - since 1998 took Betis above Real into sixth and leaves Los Blancos six points behind leaders Barcelona, which is already a huge advantage to give.
Tuesday 19th September
Valencia 5-0 Malaga 19:00
Barcelona 6-1 Eibar 21:00
Wednesday 20th September
Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Atletico Madrid 19:00
Leganes 0-0 Girona 19:00
Deportivo La Coruna 1-0 Alaves 20:00
Real Madrid 0-1 Real Betis 21:00
Sevilla 1-0 Las Palmas 21:00
To be played
Thursday 21st September
Villarreal v Espanyol 19:00
Celta Vigo v Getafe 20:00
Levante v Real Sociedad 21:00
Two points from a possible nine at home isn't a good return but Zinedine Zidane wasn't getting too carried away when addressing the media in his post-match conference, which was quoted by realmadrid.com.
He feels Real have perhaps been a bit unlucky not to claim more points but on the flipside the boss conceded Los Blancos collected them last season when this might not have been deserved with Wednesday warranting more, if not all three points.
Zidane said: 'The way we see it, is that the ball just didn't want to go in today. We had 26 or 27 attempts and in the end, it hasn't gone in. That's football. It wasn't a great performance but it wasn't too bad either. If you get a goal, it's a different game. Last year we won games that perhaps we didn't deserve to win, now it's gone the other way. We have to stay calm. That's three games at home and we've taken two points from nine.'
Adding: 'It's tough to lose Marcelo and concede the goal. Perhaps we didn't deserve to win the game, but we definitely didn't deserve to lose it. I know that a lot of people don't like to hear that when things are going badly, but we've got to accept it, remain calm and focus on the next game. La Liga is a long competition and we're going to make sure there is a sense of calm in the group because we'll recover from this and I'm sure we'll have better days.'
The Frenchman went on to say he didn't think the position, and points gap to Barcelona, was 'a precarious situation' and 'we shouldn't be throwing away all the good work we've done based on two or three average performances.'
Home form must improve though.
'We're not playing badly, but struggling to sore at home. We had chances but could not convert. If we score that first one then the game is ours. We're scoring more goals away from home and playing better. We need to change things at home for sure,' concluded Zidane.
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