Zinedine Zidane Laments Real Madrid Woes Following Villarreal Defeat

Zinedine Zidane Laments Real Madrid Woes Following Villarreal Defeat

Toni Kroos concedes that Real Madrid should now be focusing on Champions League qualification rather than the La Liga title.

Whether teams are better prepared this season is unclear, but with Madrid trailing their rivals they are going to have to find the Midas touch late in games again if they have any hope of keeping up.

They claim that the five-time Ballon d'Or victor has decided he wants to leave Madrid as he "feels cheated by the promises not fulfilled by Florentino Perez".

But it already trails Barcelona by 19 points and is fighting just to remain in the qualification zone for the Champions League. "Tiredness caught up with us in the second half but we still had more chances than them".

Madrid, which has a game in hand, is only fourth in the standings, behind Valencia and Atletico Madrid. Being at Madrid would make it easier for Neymar to win it [the Ballon d'Or].

However, the visitors improved in the second period and deservedly went ahead after breaking at pace from a Real corner.

Zidane, meanwhile, was not able to get Madrid to play up to its potential in the league. "Still a lot to win this season!"

The team has won only once in its last five matches in all competitions. But, the latest rumours have suggested that Real Madrid are considering another assault to secure the Manchester United number one's services instead.

Ronaldo has just four league goals this season, while Gareth Bale is struggling for fitness and form and Karim Benzema has been injured. Messi reached his 366th league goal all-time, surpassing Gerd Mueller's Bundesliga mark of 365 and becoming the most prolific scorer among Europe's top leagues. In their last La Liga game, Madrid drew 2-2 with Celta de Vigo.

Villarreal continued to threaten as the half wore on with Bacca slamming the ball into the side-netting after 65 minutes, while at the other end a frustrated-looking Ronaldo fired straight into the arms of Asenjo from a decent position 18 yards out.

"It's very hard to explain what is going on, everyone in the dressing room feels bad, but this is football, the team that scores more goals wins and today that was Villarreal", Carvajal said.

However, it remains rather unclear as to whether Manchester United will be willing to take Ronaldo back on a record breaking fee and huge pay, owing to his old age and declining performance.

Related News:

  • Sign-up for the PS4 system update 5.50 Beta

    Sign-up for the PS4 system update 5.50 Beta

    It wasn't all that long ago that Sony delivered PS4 system update 5.0 , which was touted as a pretty big update at the time. Sony will accept registrations anytime between today and the start of the beta, which is expected in February.
    Pirates deal star outfielder Andrew McCutchen to Giants

    Pirates deal star outfielder Andrew McCutchen to Giants

    If he struggled to patrol the gaps at PNC Park, then he'll have an even harder time guarding the spacious outfield at AT&T Park . McCutchen has spent his entire career in Pittsburgh, much like Evan Longoria did with the Rays.
    Lebanon: Senior Hamas official hit in vehicle  bombing

    Lebanon: Senior Hamas official hit in vehicle bombing

    The target, Mohamed Hamdan, was not a publicly known Hamas figure in Lebanon. The last war in 2006 ended in a stalemate.
  • Kimishima foresees

    Kimishima foresees "long lifespan" for Nintendo Switch

    However, you may find comfort knowing that Netflix and Nintendo have not given up on this possibility just yet. What do you think will be the strategy of Nintendo that must follow to meet its goal for 2018?
    Isaiah Thomas Explains Why He's Been Struggling as of Late

    Isaiah Thomas Explains Why He's Been Struggling as of Late

    It doesn't change, no matter what, no matter if you're playing well or you're not playing well when you face them'". And the Cavaliers are experiencing those growing pains right now - dropping two of I.T.'s first three starts.
    Hyundai breathes new life into quirky Veloster coupe

    Hyundai breathes new life into quirky Veloster coupe

    Unique suspension tuning is derived from a multi-mode electronically-controlled suspension with a track-focused N mode available. The fenders and wheel arches have swollen compared to the old vehicle , and the cowl point and A-pillar have been pushed back.
  • DACA Is 'Probably Dead' ... and I'm Not a Racist

    DACA Is 'Probably Dead' ... and I'm Not a Racist

    Still, the words have further poisoned the debate. "Because we are ready willing and able to make a deal, but they don't want to". So I think it's unfair to sort of draw conclusions from a remark that I think wasn't constructive, is the least we can say.

    Royal Hospital contractors Carillion collapse in to administration

    We are confident that no child will go hungry at school. "A bad mess and one that will take a long time to clean up". Carillion began liquidation proceedings on Monday after battling a £1.5 billion debt pile for around six months .
    Trump said 'S***house' not 'S***hole' - Republicans

    Trump said 'S***house' not 'S***hole' - Republicans

    Tom Cotton , another close Trump ally, echoed Perdue's position during an appearance on CBS's " Face the Nation " on Sunday. She, however, said the United States president's comments would not affect Namibia's bilateral relations with that country.
  • Kia's compact sedan gets complete redesign

    Kia's compact sedan gets complete redesign

    It can be couple to either a standard six-speed manual or Kia's first CVT, dubbed Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). Inside, the 2019 Forte comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, which is the centerpiece of its minimalistic cabin.
    Facebook 'Fixes' Algorithm, Lowers Priority For 'News Feed'

    Facebook 'Fixes' Algorithm, Lowers Priority For 'News Feed'

    And how does one weed out the numerous public figures who are using Facebook for PR without creating marketing-focused "pages"? We built Facebook to help people stay connected and bring us closer together with the people that matter to us.
    Toyota Finally Adopts Apple CarPlay

    Toyota Finally Adopts Apple CarPlay

    Android Auto is normally found on cars alongside its rival but Toyota's press release makes no mention of Google's platform. Unlike other Toyota vehicles, this one was designed and manufactured in the United States.


Most liked

Airbus to scrap A380 programme if no new orders
Airbus also admitted on Monday that the future of its A380 super jumbo program is highly uncertain. It has also previously stated that it plans to cut output further, to eight, in 2019.

Google's 'free' Spectre patch
Operating system vendors, such as Microsoft , are still working to address these compatibility issues with their updates. Intel has arguably been worst affected of all the major chip designers, with CPUs going back to 1995 affected.

Kyrgios collects code violation in easy Australia Open win
The Australian charge at glory will be led by men's world No.17 Nick Kyrgios and women's world No.19 Ashleigh Barty. I just hope he concentrates a little more on his tennis because it would be wonderful for the sport".

How social media reacted to Jason Roy's record-breaking 180
During his breathtaking hundred, Roy passed his previous best of 162 off 118 balls, scored against Sri Lanka at The Oval in 2016. Tim Paine - 5/10 - Paine's cameo at the end of the innings provided support alongside Stoinis as he made 27 from 31 balls.

"Jumanji" Roars Past Box Office Competition During MLK Day Weekend
A week later, it has already been largely pulled from Chinese theaters to make way for new Chinese releases and " Jumanji ". Where available, the latest worldwide numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included.

Ford Will Invest $11 Billion In Electric Cars By 2022
This is a huge increase from the $4.5 billion by 2020 the automaker announced in December 2015 that it planned to invest . This is when Jim Hackett took over the CEO position, to lead the transition of Ford's focus.

Mustang Bullitt Returns With 475 Horsepower 5.0-liter V8
All that power and poke can propel the the Bullitt to a top speed of 163mph, a good 8mph faster than the standard Mustang GT. Department of the Interior, Historic American Engineering Record and the archives of the Library of Congress.

Deep freeze returns, flood warning for Allegany River in Olean
The ice dam broke itself up after a few hours, and the water had mostly receded from Route 202 by 9 or 10 a.m., Wall said. Wall said two days of above-freezing temperatures weakened the ice covering the river, as did Friday's heavy rains.

NFC North: Vikings OC Pat Shurmur to become Giants next head coach
The next time Shurmur heads to Philadelphia, it will likely be as the New York Giants head coach. They finished 3-13 and hired Dave Gettleman to be the general manager on December 29.

Attack on child wearing hijab 'did not happen,' Canadian police say
The incident, which occurred Friday, prompted spontaneous reaction from the Premier's office. She says she screamed and he ran away, but returned a few minutes later.

Oil near 3-year high despite United States output up
After lagging in 2017, the TSX continues to underperform to start the year, up just 0.6%, compared to 4%-to-5% for US indexes. Oman, which is not an OPEC member, has been a staunch supporter of production cuts.

Google's Arts & Culture App Helps You Find Your Art Doppelgänger
Prima, a photo-editing app, shot to fame for turning images into paintings, complete with strokes of an artist's brush. Once you do that, you can submit your selfie, get matched, and then share it to your social media site of choice.

Cranberries Singer Dolores O'Riordan Dead At 46
O'Connor, a close friend of Cranberries guitarist Noel Hogan , described O'Riordan as "an icon" in the music industry. There was widespread shock in Dolores O'Riordan's native Limerick following the announcement of her untimely death.

Haryana: Man arrested for mutilating private parts of 10-yr
She had reportedly been abducted by a 20 year old man, who is missing from his village and has already been booked by the police. According to the police, the two accused confessed to committing necrophilia under the influence of alcohol.

Sony Open in Hawaii, final round
On Friday night, Blayne Barber's caddie Cory Gilmer was hospitalized after he fell and hit his head on the floor at a restaurant. But what does winning this tournament mean for the rest of the year? Kizzire tapped in from about 2 feet for the victory.