Real deserved a lot more, says Zidane

Real deserved a lot more, says Zidane
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane gestures as Atletico Madrid's Kieran Trippier prepares to take a throw in. - Reuters

Madrid - Karim Benzema came closest to scoring at the Wanda Metropolitano but Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak made a fine save to keep out the French forward's header.



By Reuters/AFP

Published: Sun 29 Sep 2019, 10:58 PM

Last updated: Mon 30 Sep 2019, 1:01 AM

Real Madrid earned a 0-0 draw at neighbours Atletico Madrid in a tight derby to stay top of La Liga on Saturday, continuing their recovery after a disappointing start to the season.
"I think with the game we played we deserved a lot more," Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane told reporters. "In the end a point is a point. We had chances, the header from Benzema especially.
"I can't criticise my players over anything, I'm annoyed for them above all, but I'm happy with the game they played. They too are a bit disappointed not to take all the points."
Karim Benzema came closest to scoring at the Wanda Metropolitano but Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak made a fine save to keep out the French forward's header.
Atletico forward Joao Felix twice fired wide in the first half and Real's Gareth Bale lashed an effort off target after the break in a game of few chances.
Real Madrid are top with 15 points from seven matches and Atletico stayed third with one point less.
Real's Sergio Ramos and Atletico's Kieran Trippier were lucky to avoid bookings for cynical fouls on Felix and Eden Hazard respectively in a cagey opening.
Atletico's club record signing Felix sneaked in behind Real's defence but dragged an effort across the face of goal before whistling another shot just wide towards the end of the first half.
At the other end, Oblak made one solid save to tip Toni Kroos's low drive around the post.
Both teams were more afraid of losing than hungry to win with a draw seemingly suiting both.
"We have a lot of work to do (to get rid of) errors that we should not be committing, we have to keep working," said Atletico coach Diego Simeone.
"In the first half we had more of the play but we couldn't finish any of our chances. In the second. Oblak made that save from Benzema's header. It was a hard-fought game, we both lacked what you need to win a game."
"It was a standard save for a goalkeeper," said Oblak. "It was well-placed but I could see the ball and I hope it's always like that - the fewer goals we let in the better it is for everyone."
 
"These matches with Atletico are very physical, this is one of the hardest grounds we have to visit during the season," Real captain Sergio Ramos told broadcatser Movistar.
"It was difficult to create chances in attack because they leave such little space. The point does little for us though as we wanted the three even more." - 


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