Real Madrid’s lacklustre form continues after the Los Blancos drew at Leganes 1-1 in the La Liga on Monday, making matters clear for coach Zinedine Zidane. The disappointing result could have been worse but it was Karim Benzema who saved the visitors by scoring the equaliser in the 51st minute.
Madrid put on a lethargic performance at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque despite having most of the possession, more shots on target and more shots created. The draw sees Madrid on third behind neighbours Atletico and 11 points behind rivals FC Barcelona.
Madrid saw plenty of chances missed in the first half as winger Marco Asensio and defender Raphael Varane could have seen the visitors walk away with three points.
For Leganes, Jonathan Silva fired the first goal of the match in the 45th minute, which was their first chance of the game. The hosts had a chance to go 1-0 up early in the 11th minute but Youssef El-Nesyri’s goal was correctly disallowed for offside.
Coach Zidane feels that the uninspired performance put on by Madrid could have been better.
“For me as a coach, and them as players, we must keep trying to play better,” Zidane said, according to ESPN. “We can play better, and we must play better. The first half was not so good, the second half a bit better. Even if this might have been a bad season, we must all give a bit more.”
Welshman Gareth Bale was brought on as a late substitute in the 81st minute but couldn’t help the visitors much. The winger is likely to leave Madrid in a hunt for a new club as Zidane does not see the Welshman as a part of his plan next season.
With Manchester United and Bayern Munich interested, the Welshman is likely to leave Santiago Bernabeu.