Pressure already on at Real as Zidane calls for patience
Real Madrid let two points slip against Real Valladolid and boss Zinedine Zidane is already calling for patience from the Los Blancos faithful.
They may only be two games into the new La Liga campaign but there is hardly an air of optimism around the Bernabeu following a tough summer, and the mood was not helped as Valladolid left with a share of the points.
Karim Benzema struck what Real hoped would be the winner eight minutes from time, which would have made it two wins from two, but Sergi Guardiola struck in stoppage time to stun the home support.
After the final whistle, Zidane hinted at his frustration with the supporters, suggesting they need to be patient and get behind his team, not barrack them, as they attempt to right the wrongs of the 2018/19 campaign.
🗣️ Zidane wants more from the Real Madrid faithful:
"The fans also have to help us. There's no choice. I know it is difficult, but I'm asking because they have also taken advantage of our successes." pic.twitter.com/FW6ZA7CmA8
— Goal (@goal) August 25, 2019
Last season was a disaster full stop and many supporterss will no doubt be scarred by it, and the same can be said for the players that remain in the squad.
Real finished a massive 19 points behind champions Barcelona, crashed out of the Champions League early doors and failed to pick up a single piece of silverware in a season to forget.
The return of Zidane towards the end of the campaign raised spirits, but it was always going to be a case of get the season done, regroup in the summer and get ready to go again with the aim of winning trophies.
However, it has been a tough summer for the club and not everything has gone according to plan, particularly on the transfer front.
Their failure to move on some of the players that Zidane no longer wants has been a problem. The whole Gareth Bale saga has been handled badly and has been embarrassing in some respects.
The Welshman looks set to stay with Real before the closure of the transfer window on September 2, but it remains to be seen whether that is a good thing or not as he clearly does not see eye to eye with his coach.
Not only that it has been suggested some of Real’s new signings have already been deemed a failure and a ball has hardly been kicked. Luka Jovic, signed from Eintracht Frankfurt, is the player in question with reports claiming Zidane doesn’t rate him and is ready to loan him out. The jury is also out on Eden Hazard.
Real have been active in the transfer market, but it looks as though they are in danger of missing out on some of their top targets as moves for Neymar and Paul Pogba have so far failed to materialise.
There has also been talk that all is not well between Zidane and club president Florentino Perez, who are constantly at loggerheads over who should be signed and who should leave.
On top of that, Real did not fare too well in pre-season and a strong start to the new campaign is needed to calm the supporters and get the club moving forward again. So the late slip against Valladolid has just added to the anxiety around the place.
Nothing a couple of results and the signing of Neymar would not sort out, but the pressure is already on and the season is just two games old.