'It hurts': Valencia inflict first defeat on Zidane's new Madrid

'It hurts': Valencia inflict first defeat on Zidane's new Madrid

'It hurts': Valencia inflict first defeat on Zidane's new Madrid

Zinedine Zidane defended his selection of out-of-sorts Brazil defender Marcelo after Real Madrid suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Valencia on Wednesday evening.

Zinedine Zidane appeared in the Mestalla press room to assess the clash with Valencia: "We started the game strongly with good possession, pressing high up".

They now trail leaders Barcelona by 13 points, the exact same margin they were behind the Catalans under Zidane at this stage last season.

Zidane will evaluate his squad until the end of the season and start rebuilding the team this summer.

After his recall for last night's defeat to Valencia, Keylor said: "They are decisions made by the technical team and we support them".

The win extended their unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions, their longest stretch without defeat in their 100-year history.

"But these players are professionals and when they put on the shirt of this team they know they have to go for it and they do it". "We are going to leave no stone unturned".

"A lot of people try to judge that he is the son of the coach and not judge the match he played, it was a match that was totally adapted to what Madrid needs, he's young, he has a lot to learn, but you have to judge him from what he does on the pitch". "But we must accept hard moments, that is part of the life of a player".

Victory pushed Valencia to within a point of fourth-spotted Getafe and possible Champions League qualification for next season, though Marcelino was unwilling to get carried away.

Up until Frenchman Benzema's header in the 93rd minute, Real created very little and were second best throughout the match - their only effort of note was Toni Kroos' long-range strike in the first half, which was easily dealt with by goalkeeper Neto.

"When you play against an opponent of this level, if you do not take advantage of your opportunities, they have them and they do".

"We have to do the best we can in training and in the games".

"I do not like to talk about tactical battles". This is a team who always battles and fights, even if we do not play as we want, even if the season is hard like this.

Second-half goals from Charles (64) and Pedro Leon (73) ushered Eibar to a 2-1 win over second-bottom Rayo Vallecano, who had gone ahead through Jose Pozo (40).

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