Real Madrid’s misery in the Champions League continued on Tuesday evening as the Spanish giants failed to beat Club Brugge on home soil
Los Blancos were held to a 2-2 draw to the Belgian visitors at the Santiago Bernabeu, making it their worst-ever start in a Champions League campaign.
Zinedine Zidane’s men failed to bounce back from a nightmarish 3-0 away loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the curtain-raiser, conceding the opener after only nine minutes.
Fortunately for Blauw-Zwart, Emmanuel Dennis miscontrolled the ball into the net before putting another one past Thibaut Courtois six minutes before the break.
However, the hosts turned their lackadaisical first-half attitude into an aggressive and enthusiastic second-half approach, eventually managing to level the score five minutes before the final whistle.
Although his side avoided third successive failure in the Champions League, Zidane has slammed Real’s first-half performance, labeling Dennis’ opening goal as ‘laughable.’
“The first goal we have conceded was laughable,” the Frenchman told Marca.
“We started badly, and from the 10th minute, we were not concentrated in the areas where the opponent could hurt us.
“When they scored the first, they got a boost, and we were even worse, and they scored the second.
“I insist that I’m glad about the second half, [it was] a bad result but good reaction.
“We can’t be happy; we played 45 minutes completely different from the other.
“I’m happy with the reaction, although I’m not happy with the point.”
The under-fire Real manager then explained what happened in the dressing room at halftime.
“I told them that we have 45 minutes to change this, and they changed it,” he added.
“They went out with more attitude and wanted to take over the game.”
The 13-time European champions are nailed to the bottom of Group A, with a four-point deficit to top-placed PSG ahead of their trip to Galatasaray on October 22.