Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said he was “gutted” by the late equalizer from Dortmund when they faced off at the UEFA Champions League group game this week.
Real Madrid were almost sure to garner the three points from the game until a late Andre Schurrle equalizer forced them to share the proceeds with the German club.
Madrid played a 2-2 draw despite being on course for a first-ever win at Westfalenstadion. Zidane was pleased that his men remain joint top of Group F with Dortmund.
“I am gutted for the players, we didn’t deserve that. In the end, it’s not a bad result but playing like that, gutted. We are, I am, frustrated. We played a good game in attack and defence and it was a great effort from everyone. We played the game we wanted,” said Zidane.
The Real Madrid legend added that he was frustrated as the players deserved the victory for the work they put in. He said it was just a bad run as was normal in football. He claimed the club would get through it, even though it was difficult in telling the players that.
“The tough thing is telling the players that they deserved better from the game. With the effort they put in on the pitch, it’s difficult to find words for them. But they’re intelligent and we’re going to rest up, prepare [for] the next match and turn this around,” Zidane added. The coach was thankful to goalkeeper Keylor Navas who made some nice saves despite just returning from a four-month injury. Zidane said he was very pleased with the display of the shot stopper. Real Madrid have had a three match winless run, but Zidane says he is confident that that will change soon.