Zinedine Zidane has called for patience and promised his side will play better next time as Real Madrid battle to climb out of an early-season slump. The club confirmed via press release yesterday afternoon the Brazilian defender had suffered a grade two hamstring injury (mild tear) during the shock 1-0 loss to Real Betis this week.
Madrid still struggled however, coming under intense pressure as Alfonso Pedraza hit a post twice in the second half, to add to Manu Garcia's bullet header.
The victory on Saturday propelled Real Madrid to fourth place in the table - seven points behind league leaders Barcelona - but now Zidane's side must turn their attention to the Champions League on Tuesday night when they face Borussia Dortmund.
"We have the chance to be able to change that quickly and we'll do it".
"When he doesn't score, you ask about him, but he's calm", said Zidane.
"If we are not brilliant sometimes, this can happen". We didn't have a great game, but neither a bad one.
Madrid will be desperate to return to winning ways when they face Alaves, who now sit 19th in the table with zero points, on Saturday afternoon, as per the Dailymail. "What we are concerned about is playing well, good football".
Alaves nearly leveled late when substitute Alfonso Pedraza twice hit the woodwork. But I am not anxious about how we will play this year.
The midfielder, 22, failed to make a senior appearance for Los Blancos under his dad's management, but he has already seen more game time for his new club. We will both do everything possible to try to win, although I'm not going to play and he is.
"Tomorrow, we have a match in which to prove ourselves and I have a match to show that I'm worthy of being in this job". "He wanted to score which is normal, but it's a long season and he always ends up making the difference".