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Zidane fumes after PSG defeat

20 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has criticised the intensity of his team’s performance following their 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

A first-half double from former Madrid midfielder Angel Di Maria and a second-half injury-time volley from Thomas Meunier condemned the 13-time European champions to defeat at the Parc des Princes.

“Clearly they were better than us in every department - in the way they played, in midfield,” the Real boss said after the match in press conference. “What upset me is that we did not put enough intensity in the game and at that level of competition, it’s not possible.

“They’re good at creating chances, that’s not what worries me. What worries me is that lack of intensity.

“Failing to create proper chances with the players we have up front - Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard — is a weird feeling.”

“You can play badly but if you have the intensity, if you fight for the ball, you’re in the game.”

Real, who won four Champions League’s in five seasons from 2013-2018 but now Real have lost consecutive Champions League games for the first time since April 2013 under Jose Mourinho.