Zinedine Zidane vowed to go back to the drawing board after Real Madrid narrowly avoided an embarrassing defeat at Champions League minnows Legia Warsaw.
Despite taking a two-goal first-half lead through Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, the 11-time European champions required an 85th-minute equalizer to salvage a point after the spirited Polish champions threatened to cause an upset.
Goals from Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, Miroslav Radovic and Thibault Moulin left Legia on the cusp on an historic victory but, to his relief, Mateo Kovacic snatched a 3-3 draw to spare Zidane’s blushes on the night he took charge of his 100th game at Real.
“I’m not surprised with how the game went,” the Madrid boss said. “It was a strange match and what we expected didn’t happen, either in the game or in our performance.
“We lacked a bit of everything. When you score twice you can’t take your foot off the gas, that’s what we did and they scored.
“Then it was a very hard game. It’s my fault, but in the end we didn’t lose and that’s good.”
The point in Warsaw means Madrid now trail Borussia Dortmund – who qualified for the last 16 with victory against Sporting Lisbon – by two points at the top of Group F with two games to play.
Having missed the chance to seal qualification to the knockout phase themselves, Zidane was keen to turn Real’s attention to Sunday’s La Liga clash with Leganes.
“There’s a lot to analyse,” the Frenchman added. “When you go 2-0 up you need to think more and be more closed but we didn’t do that and they could counter us.
“They scored and made the game more difficult for is. What we’ll do is forget about this game and think in the weekend.
“This makes finishing top more difficult, but we’ll see. For us it doesn’t matter, we can still finish first and we’ll battle to do so.”
Source: Sky Sports