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.

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