Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale said that the team would have to improve in both attack and defence after their disappointing result against Legia Warsaw in a Group F Champions League encounter.
The forward scored the match opener in the first minute and Karim Benzema got the second. Madrid seemed set for maximum points. Madrid had thumped the side 5-1 earlier in Spain, and Borussia Dortmund had defeated the same side 6-0. However, the Polish side scored three goals to make it 3-2.
Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, Miroslav Radovic and Thibault Moulin were the players that recorded their names on the goal sheet. Mateo Kovacic got the equalizer for the Spanish side; else, it would have been a bad result for Madrid.
“We need to be better defensively, and more clinical with the chances we create,” Bale said. “We just need to learn from the mistakes we made. We must take the positives, learn from this and be stronger from it,” Bale said to BeIn Sports after the game.
The home team did not have their fans cheering them to victory as incidents involving the team’s ultras ensured their prohibition. Just the fans of the La Liga side were on the pitch, and it was a small contingent.
“It was a strange game, especially with the stadium. That’s no excuse, though. We’re not happy with the result, we need to learn from this and bounce back stronger,” Bale added.
Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane blamed the result on loss of concentration. He said:
“We had control of the game at 2-0, and we just lost concentration. This happens at football, at this level if it happens you can get punished. We will definitely learn from this and come back stronger.”
Cristiano Ronaldo was the captain as other senior players were not available. Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Pepe had different injury concerns. After the game, Lucas Vazquez – a young forward in the Madrid setup – echoed Bale’s comments. He said, “It is a pity that the two points got away from us, we should learn from this and that’s all.”