‘I want to talk about football, not referees’: Zinedine Zidane says there is too much discussion of officials in LaLiga after Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad in a clash littered with controversial decisions
- Zinedine Zidane came out swinging in his virtual post-match press conference
- He was angry to be asked about referees, rather than his team’s performance
- Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad to go top and three big decisions went their way
- Barca’s Gerard Pique had earlier suggested Madrid were getting big decisions
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said he was disappointed that he was only asked about the referee’s decisions after his side earned a 2-1 victory at Real Sociedad on Sunday to climb above Barcelona and top LaLiga.
The day before the game, Zidane had been forced to defend his team against a suggestion from Barca defender Gerard Pique that decisions were going Madrid’s way after their 3-0 win over Valencia, in which Rodrigo had a goal ruled out.
The French coach faced fresh questions about Madrid’s apparent fortune after three huge decisions went their way against Sociedad.
Zinedine Zidane was disappointed to only be asked about the referee after Real Madrid’s win
Karim Benzema (second right) scored Real Madrid’s second to secure their win at Sociedad
Barca’s Gerard Pique (top) had earlier suggested that Real Madrid were getting big decisions
‘It annoys me that at the end of the day people are only talking about the referees as if we did nothing out on the pitch,’ Zidane told a virtual news conference.
‘But we cannot control what people will say. We win matches on the pitch and that’s what we did today. It was a deserved victory.’
Sergio Ramos scored the opening goal just after the break with a penalty after a contentious foul on Vinicius Jr while Sociedad had an Adnan Januzaj strike ruled out for a narrow offside against Mikel Merino.
Karim Benzema then doubled Madrid’s advantage in the 70th minute after controlling a cross with the top of his arm, the goal being awarded following a VAR review.
‘I didn’t see the replays but I’ve been told the penalty decision was correct and that Benzema’s goals were legal,’ added Zidane. ‘I don’t get involved in controversies because that’s the referee’s job. I just want to think about our deserved victory.
‘I would prefer to talk about football and the match, I can’t say anything else about the other things.’
Vinicius Jr (right) won Real Madrid a penalty, which Sergio Ramos tucked home to make it 1-0
Zidane (right) was keen to talk about his team’s performance rather than that of the referee
Having won all three matches since the season restarted after the hiatus caused by coronavirus, Real now lead the title race due to a superior head-to-head record over Barcelona but Zidane said there was still a long way to go.
‘We haven’t achieved anything yet even…
Read More:Zidane says there is too much discussion of officials in LaLiga after Real