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Zidane disappointed with preseason loss

Real Madrid suffered a 3-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday in a friendly in Columbus, Ohio. The game left manager Zinedine Zidane fuming.

The Champions League winners were without stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, but the way PSG dominated the International Champions Cup fixture at Ohio Stadium made Zidane take a stab at his own side for the poor performance.

“We can’t have this result happening again, but what we have to do and what we’re trying to do, is to give our all when we play,” Zidane told goal.com.

“We’re currently in the preparation phase and we’ve got to get up to speed, that’s what preseason is for. We know that the Liga season is a very long one and that we’ve got to make a strong start.

“We were a bit lacking in terms of aggression against strong opposition, particularly in the first half. As for the positives, I look at our play because we kept the ball and had chances to score.

“We’re still in the preparation phase and it’s to be expected that we’re lacking in some areas. We’ve got to work more and make things come as second nature, that’s something that will happen gradually.”

Without the regular attacking trio of Ronaldo, Bale and Karim Benzema, Real went with two up front instead. Alvaro Morata and Jese started the game, and were replaced in the second half by Mariano Diaz and Zidane’s son Enzo.

“We’ll have to see how we line up against Chelsea [on Saturday],” Zidane said.” We already know how we’re going to set up throughout the season: three up top and three in the middle.

“But in preseason you have to work on other things and we went with two strikers in this game, Jese and Morata in the first half and Mariano and Enzo in the second period and we were happy with them.”

Nanitamo Ikone opened up the scoring for PSG in the 2nd minute. Thomas Meunier extended the lead with goals in the 35th and 40th minute before Marcelo pulled one back for Madrid on a penalty in the 44th minute.

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