Under Pressure Zinedine Zidane Signs Contract Extension at Real Madrid

Doug Mendoza
January 14, 2018

The defeat leaves Real trailing Barcelona by 16 points, with the leaders due to play Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Beaten 1-0 by Villarreal and with their title hopes in total disarray on a rain swept Saturday, Zidane's men trudged off the sodden pitch with jeers ringing around the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

After winning the Champions League in back-to-back seasons, and three times in four years, it feels somewhat silly to cast aspersions on Real Madrid's domestic form, especially when the club won La Liga a mere eight months ago. However, based on recent outings, a potential defensive move might be credible and needful to salvage the season for Real Madrid.

"We are in January and it is the same coach and nearly the same players who won eight titles in the last two years".

"This wasn't about a lack of focus, the ball just didn't want to go in", Carvajal told reporters.

Zinedine Zidane has defended his Real Madrid players and insisted they are "not that bad".

The home side began brightly as Gareth Bale had a goal correctly ruled offside and Ronaldo hit the woodwork twice.

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"The players will not drop their arms", he added of his squad.

Real Madrid clearly dominated the game but succumbed to an 87th-minute strike from Pablo Fornals. "Tiredness caught up with us in the second half but we still had more chances than them".

"Today was a hammer blow but we are going to turn things around on Thursday [at Leganes in the Copa del Rey]".

In the 60th minute, the visitors carved out another chance when Samu Castillejo picked out Carlos Bacca, who fired into the side-netting from close range.

Ruben couldn't do much to stop Valencia's second goal, however, as Rodrigo's shot from outside the area deflected off a defender.

Fornals provided the moment of the half when his exquisite through-ball foxed the Real defence and reached Carlos Bacca, but the Colombian was squeezed out by Keylor Navas.

In the early kick-off, Michael Olunga scored a 22-minute hat-trick on an historic day for Girona as they thrashed bottom club Las Palmas 6-0 at Montilivi.

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