Real Madrid Manager Zinedine Zidane has confessed that he has no idea why his side are currently on a miserable run of form, which continued on Saturday with a 2-1 loss to Alaves at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano.
It took Real 86 minutes to find the back of the net, and made little difference as Alaves claimed their first win over Madrid in 20 years.
It was Real’s third league loss of the season and the third consecutive game in which Los Blancos have failed to win, and Zidane admitted that he simply has no idea why the defending champions are yet to turn up this season.
“I don’t have an explanation for our form,” Zidane said (via Marca). “Against (Alaves) we alternated between good and bad moments. When they score after three minute things become very complicated.
“The other day, in Milan, we played a good game, and yet here… It’s the reality we have to deal with today. What we have to do is keep working hard, allow our players to recover and change our consistency.
“I have to find the solution with the players. I am not going to say it here. We must not only think about the negative. We also have to see what we did well and try to be more consistent.”
Conceding after three minutes left Real fighting an uphill battle for the entire game, and Zidane added that he was concerned by the fact his side couldn’t turn the tide until the game was almost over.
“Starting as we started, it’s the worst start of the season,” he confessed. “We couldn’t change the dynamics of the game and that bothers and worries me.
“We have not turned the game around and in the second half we fell short. We did very little in the second half to change the dynamics of the game.”
To make matters worse for Real, they lost Eden Hazard to yet another injury after just 28 minutes, and the Belgian’s involvement in December’s meetings with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid now appears to be in doubt.