Reportedly, REAL MADRID players were left ‘baffled’ by the team selection of Zinedine Zidane for the shock 4-1 loss at Valencia yesterday.
Karim Benzema’s opener was wiped out by an own-goal from Raphael Varane and THREE Carlos Soler penalties to upset the odds and to send Real back to the capital with their second defeat in LaLiga.
After both of them tested positive for coronavirus, Real was without main men Eden Hazard and Casemiro for the trip to Mestalla.
But Marca says players were left flummoxed when the starting XI on match day was not made by either Ferland Mendy or Toni Kroos.
Instead after spending much of the season on the bench, veteran Marcelo and outcast Isco were thrust into the squad.
And the move backfired as their hosts roundly defeated a disjointed Real hand.
It is estimated that regulars on the side could not wrap their heads around the logic of Zidane to include Marcelo and Isco while leaving two of his star players out.
And the questioning is sure to place even more pressure on Zidane’s future after he also suffered two setbacks in the first three Champions League group stage matches.
Indeed, Real’s collapse in Valencia left him, too, confused, saying: “We began the first half-hour well. We fell apart after the first target, shifting the dynamics. It was all happening to us: three penalties, a goal of our own. It is hard to comprehend.”