Zidane comes under fire after Villarreal stuns Real

Alisson Roma

Real Madrid is now ten points behind Atletico Madrid and eight points behind Valencia, but coach Zinedine Zidane has suggested that his team can turn this around.

Beaten 1-0 by Villarreal and with their title hopes in total disarray on a rain-swept Saturday, Zidane's men trudged off the sodden pitch with jeers ringing around the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

"We didn't deserve this result".

Villarreal slowly grew into the game as the second half progressed and capitalised on Real's desperation to try and win the game by outnumbering Zidane's side on the break after clearing Toni Kroos's corner.

Madrid's 1-0 defeat to Javi Calleja's Villarreal on Saturday leaves them fourth place in the league standings and a massive 19 points behind leaders Barcelona.

"It's very hard to explain what is going on, everyone in the dressing room feels bad, but this is football, the team that scores more goals wins and today that was Villarreal", Carvajal said.

A late breakaway goal from Pablo Fornals, who chipped the ball over Keylor Navas after he had saved from Enes Unal, was the difference between the two sides and ramped up the pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane.

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"We had chances to score but in the end... we couldn't avoid the counter and... it's just very f****** up for all the players".

Even though it drew arguably the toughest Round of 16 matchup ever, the fixture also provides Real Madrid the opportunity to dispose of one of its biggest competitors right off the bat in the knockout stages.

Hosting Villarreal at the Bernabeu was never going to be an easy match.

Ronaldo almost scored from close range just before halftime, but his shot was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo. But Real Madrid just couldn't find a way through, aside from a Gareth Bale goal ruled offside. As you said, first half some chances, second half, we also tried everything.

Brazilian star Neymar became the world's most expensive player in a £200m move from Barcelona in August, but despite a strong start to his career in Paris, some reports claim he is unhappy with Unai Emery's tactics and Madrid could move for the 25-year-old after this summer's World Cup.

The visitors scored what would prove to be the only goal of the game in the 27th minute.

Los Che, who handed a debut to new signing Francis Coquelin from Arsenal, took the lead on 37 minutes after a blunder by Deportivo goalkeeper Ruben.

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