Zidane ‘bothered’ by referee talk after Real Madrid win

Los Blancos seemed to reap the benefits of a number of calls but their manager stressed the focus should be independently performance

Zinedine Zidane hit out at constant talk about refereeing decisions after Real Madrid moved top of La Liga with a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Sergio Ramos’ penalty, for a foul on Vinicius Junior, put Madrid ahead before Adnan Januzaj had an effort eliminated for offside.

Moments later, Karim Benzema doubled Madrid’s lead after a VAR look for a possible handball and Zidane’s men held on despite Mikel Merino’s late strike.

Zidane is tired of most of the talk about referees, saying his side deserved their win while they moved above Barcelona as a result of their superior head-to-head record.

“What bothers me is that in the end we only talk about the referees, it seems that we have not done anything on the field,” the Madrid head coach told a news conference. 

“But we are not going to control the controversy. We won on the field and I think the victory is deserved.”

Zidane added: “There is just a penalty and I think that for the target, Karim touches it along with his shoulder.

“These are things of the referee and as always I do maybe not get involved, that he does his job and nothing else. I have to respect these things and think no more than what we did.

“It is a deserved victory, which is the most important thing for us.”

Madrid, who host Real Mallorca on Wednesday, have won three consecutive games since returning to action after the coronavirus-enforced break.

Zidane was satisfied to leave Anoeta with three points, with Madrid top of the dining table with eight La Liga games remaining.

“A win, three points at a difficult stadium. We had a complicated match to play until the end,” he said.

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“We were playing well, creating chances but it doesn’t mean any such thing. We saw how complicated the last 10-15 minutes were.

“But the feeling I’m left with is the effort and the intensity and the attitude we had from the start. And in the end, we leave a difficult stadium with three points. It’s a deserved victory.”

Los Blancos lead La Liga based on an excellent head-to-head record with Barcelona, who boast the same points but superior goal difference.