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Zidane not angry at Benzema: You can’t blame a player for missing chances

Real Madrid were held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia in their first home game of the season, but Zinedine Zidane was still pleased with the performance of his side.

Understandably he was upset not to have taken all three points, but the Frenchman looked to the positives.

“I can’t be happy with the result because we played an excellent game and deserved more,” he said.

“But you cannot always win.

“I am very proud of my players and that is most important.

“We only lacked finishing.

“We had seven or eight clear chances and did not score, so the game was there [to be won].

“We need to continue like this and think about the next game.”

That next game will be against Levante and will come after the international break, in front of a home crowd which was not fully content on Sunday night.

Zidane was asked about the whistles of some Bernabeu-goers, but was not concerned.

“The crowd helped us and they can do what they want,” Zidane said.

“What happened with [the jeering of Karim Benzema] is not a problem.”

Before the press conference, the coach had talked to Movistar Plus television and had been asked how he’d welcome Benzema, who missed a number of chances .

“With a smile,” Zidane responded.

“I’ll tell him to keep working.

“The most difficult thing is to have chances to score.

“He didn’t score, but has worked a lot and you can’t blame a player for missing chances.”

Asked about Marco Asensio, who scored both goals, he was pleased, but didn’t overly praise him, just as he didn’t overly criticise anyone else, pointing to “the work of the whole team”.

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