Zinedine Zidane has admitted that Real Madrid may have paid the price for their Clasico exertions in Wednesday’s Champions League defeat to Wolfsburg.
Madrid suffered a surprise 2-0 loss in Germany just four days after claiming a hard-fought 2-1 win at Barcelona in La Liga.
And head coach Zidane feels that victory at Camp Nou could have had a negative impact on their display at the Volkswagen Arena, although he remains hopeful of a comeback in the second leg of their quarter-final tie next week.
“Perhaps physically, yes,” Zidane told a news conference when asked if Madrid had struggled to play at their best after the Clasico.
“We didn’t start with the right amount of intensity for a Champions League game. They did. In football you make errors and we didn’t start with intensity.
“What we have done recently has been positive and I’m not going to go crazy.
“Being Real Madrid we are capable of great things.”
The Welshman claimed he was bundled over inside the area in the first half of the club’s shock Champions League defeat
Meanwhile, Gareth Bale claimed he was denied a clear penalty in the disappointing 2-0 defeat to Wolfsburg.
Bale had his appeal for a penalty waved away by Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi after Cristiano Ronaldo had a goal disallowed for offside in the second minute on Wednesday.
The Wales international cut in front of Luiz Gustavo and won the ball before he was bundled over inside the area.
It proved to be decisive as Ricardo Rodriguez and Maximilian Arnold scored within seven minutes of each other in the first half to lead Wolfsburg to a remarkable victory.
“I went down. I had the ball in front of me and he took me out, if that’s outside the area it’s a foul, so inside it has to be a penalty,” Bale complained after the match.
“Obviously it’s a frustrating result but we get another chance.
“It’s not a good result, but we have time to turn it around. What we have to do is make sure we win the return leg by three goals.”
Madrid, who had a six-game winning streak in all competitions snapped, head back to the Spanish capital for the second leg on April 12.