'Real not in crisis' says Zidane after fourth straight draw

Sun Oct 2, 2016 3:11pm EDT
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By Richard Martin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane denied his side were facing a crisis after they drew 1-1 at home to La Liga minnows Eibar and racked up a fourth consecutive draw for the first time in more than 10 years.

The last time Real drew four games in all competitions was in March 2006, when the club were reeling from on-field and institutional crises and president Florentino Perez had recently resigned.

Although Real remain unbeaten in the league, they are without a win in their last three games and are on 15 points from seven games, the number Zidane's predecessor Rafael Benitez had earned at the same stage last season.

The Spaniard was sacked three months later.

"We are not in crisis, we're only in October. What we need to do is improve, we can't lose our minds over this," Zidane told a news conference on Sunday.

"I'm not going to go crazy and neither are my players, all I can see is that we need to work harder and be more intense at the start of games."

Real fell behind to Fran Rico's header in the sixth minute after a lapse in concentration at the back and a mistake from goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who let the ball slip through his hands.

The Costa Rica international returned to the side only last Tuesday against Borussia Dortmund after more than four months out with an Achilles injury and was also at fault for one of the goals in the 2-2 draw in Germany.   Continued...

Football Soccer - Spanish Liga Santander - Real Madrid v Eibar- Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - 2/10/16 Real Madrid's Gareth Bale reacts. REUTERS/Susana Vera