Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has explained the reason opted for Nigerian decent Marvin Park in the 0-0 draw against Real Sociedad in their La Liga opener on Sunday.
It was obvious that Zidane’s men was in search for a goal to claim the three points and when he opted for substitute he left two attackers on the bench and brought in two academy players Marvin Park and Sergio Arribas instead of Borja Matoral and Luka Jovic.
I didn’t want to change the system, we had to put players on out wide – that’s what we did,” Zidane responded.
“I have a lot of players. Today, I have made this choice.
“I don’t have anything against Jovic or against any player, I just didn’t want to change the system and that’s why I changed the wingers.”
Zidane was left feeling frustrated as even these changes didn’t have the impact he was hoping for.
“They are two points lost because we always go for the win,” the coach insisted.
“In general, we had a good game; we didn’t give anything away in defence.
“In the first half we created chances, but not in the second.”
Another key talking point was the decision to leave out Casemiro, who didn’t start on an opening-day fixture for the first time under Zidane.
“In the first half we dominated, in the second we slowed things down,” he said.
“The Casemiro decision was just for this occasion.”
Up next for Real Madrid is the trip to Estadio Villamarin to play Real Betis on Saturday.