Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane believes that his side’s output in the hard-fought victory over Barcelona in La Liga might have played a part in his side’s Champions League defeat to Wolfsburg on Wednesday.
First half goals from Ricardo Rodriguez and Max Arnold gave the Bundesliga side a surprising win against the record champions who face a herculean task to turn the quarterfinal tie on its head when they host the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu next Tuesday, April 12.
The defeat was Real’s first in a Champions League quarter-final since 2004 and head coach Zidane felt that the 2-1 victory at Camp Nou four days ago may have played a part in their loss at the Volkswagen Arena.
“Perhaps physically, yes,” Zidane told a news conference when asked if Madrid had struggled to play at their best after the Clasico.
“We didn’t start with the right amount of intensity for a Champions League game. They did. In football you make errors and we didn’t start with intensity.”
The Frenchman however remained optimistic of his side’s semifinal chances.
“What we have done recently has been positive and I’m not going to go crazy.
“Being Real Madrid we are capable of great things.”
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