Zinedine ZIdane has bemoaned his side’s lack of intensity after seeing Real Madrid kick off their Champions League campaign by getting thumped 3-0 at Paris Saint-Germain.
During his first spell in charge of the club, the Frenchman guided Los Blancos to an unprecedented three consecutive titles in Europe’s elite competition, before opting to leave the side shortly after they scooped their third crown.
Having been reinstated in the second half of last season, hopes were that Zidane could reinvigorate a stuttering Madrid. Such hopes have dissipated quickly, however, with the pressure mounting on his shoulders after Angel di Maria’s double and Thomas Meunier’s added-time third gave PSG a deserved victory on Wednesday night.
“They were better than us in every department,” Zidane said, as quoted by the Express.
“In the play, in midfield, and the thing that annoys me most is the intensity.
“We knew they’d pressure us but we didn’t really get properly into the game at any stage.
“Intensity is the most important thing on the pitch,” he added.