THE Spanish media have turned on Real Madrid after their dismal display in the Champions League draw against FC Brugge.
Real are lurching from one problem to another under beleaguered boss Zinedine Zidane – and the 2-2 draw against the Belgian minnows has increased the pressure on his position.
The La Liga giants managed to salvage a point after coming back from two-goals down to earn the draw but the knives are out in the Spanish press.
Influential title AS printed a close up picture of the misfiring forward Eden Hazard accompanied by the simple headline “Alarm”.
Goalkeeper Courtois suffered the humiliation of being substituted at half-time following a nightmare opening 45 minutes which had seen him beaten twice.
Real suggested that a slight shoulder injury had been behind Zidane’s decision, although the manager didn’t hold back in his criticism of his side after the match.
Taking just a point from their opening group matches against Brugge and Paris Saint-Germain is the club’s worst ever start to the competition.
Zidane said: “The first goal we have conceded was laughable.
“We started badly, and from the 10th minute we were not concentrated in the areas where the opponent could hurt us.
“When they scored the first, they got a boost and we were even worse, and they scored the second.
“I insist that I’m glad about the second half, a bad result but good reaction.
“We can’t be happy; we played 45 minutes completely different to the other.
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“I’m happy with the reaction, although I’m not happy with the point.
“I told them that we have 45 minutes to change this, and they changed it.
“They went out with more attitude and wanted to take over the game.”