Zinedine Zidane has said his team must “keep their heads” in this “bad moment” after the Champions League holders were beaten 3-1 by Tottenham in Wednesday evening’s Group H clash at Wembley.
“We have lost in La Liga and in the Champions League,” Zidane said.
“Two defeats in a row. We cannot be happy, or in high spirits. This is a bad moment, but we must keep our heads up always, knowing football is like this.
“I am not worried, and I never will be all year, whatever happens. We played against a better team tonight. We must accept that.”
“There are moments over a season when you score lots of goals, from few chances,” he said. “And other moments when you don’t, like recently.
“We did not play a bad game, we had chances to equalise [at 0-1 down]. But the ball did not go in, and they scored three.”
“We cannot say we are in bad shape physically,” he said. “Different players recover differently, and maybe you might think some players are doing worse than others. but physically we are fine.”
“We have an experienced team, these players are champions, we are going to turn this around,” he said. “The dressing room is not happy, they cannot be happy.
“It is a hard defeat for us today. But it was deserved, and we must accept it. Today is not a good moment, but we have time to change things and know how to do that.”
Asked if Tottenham were now realistic challengers for trophy, Zidane did not appear to want to enter a debate.
“Any team [in the competition] can win the Champions League,” he said.
“Tottenham are one of those.”
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