Real Madrid started their match at Villarreal excellently as Mariano scored inside two minutes, but a second half Gerard Moreno penalty saw this one finish 1-1. Zinedine Zidane was upset after the match, believing that his depleted group of players gave enough to deserve all three points.
In his post-match press conference, he said: “I think we deserved more, considering what we did. Especially in the first half. We’ve dropped two points. I’m upset for the players because of the effort they gave. I felt we could have taken the three points today and that’s a shame.”
After another quiet performance from Eden Hazard, the Frenchman was asked how long it’ll take for Hazard to properly return. Zidane replied: “He’s there. He played. We need to manage the minutes well, but he’s with us and he’s good.”
Finally, the coach was asked about the reports linking Isco with a January exit. He replied: “No, what is happening inside will stay inside. Right now, Isco is a Real Madrid player and is with us. There’s nothing to talk about.”