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Zinedine Zidane slams players after Rayo defeat

The Frenchman was left seething by Real's lacklustre display as they slumped to a record 10th league defeat

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane lambasted his players for "doing nothing" during a limp 1-0 defeat at lowly Rayo Vallecano yesterday morning (Singapore time) which saw the deposed European champions suffer their 10th La Liga defeat of the season.

Adri Embarba scored the only goal by converting a penalty midway through the first half and Real, aside from an effort by Mariano that was correctly ruled out for offside, rarely looked like equalising.

A furious Zidane told reporters: "We did nothing today on any level, from the first minute until the last.

"Sometimes you are not able to score but today we didn't even create chances, we did nothing well. We have to all be angry with our performance. I am angry because we gave an awful image of ourselves."

It was Real's first defeat since 1997 by Rayo, who began the game bottom of La Liga.

This is the first time in a decade that Real have lost 10 games in a league season.

Zidane has only been in charge for eight matches this term, returning to the club last month following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, 10 months after resigning from the role having won three Champions League titles in a row.

The Frenchman has won four of his eight games back, drawing two and losing two, while failing to win any of his four away.

Real trailed Barcelona by 12 points when Zidane returned to the club, but they are now 18 points adrift of the Catalans, who were crowned La Liga champions on Saturday.

Real are nine points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid and look set to finish third for the second season in a row.

Zidane said he did not regret returning to a team that clearly needed extensive surgery after a harrowing season on all fronts but could not tolerate more performances like Monday's.

He said: "I am not sorry I returned to this job. I know I'll have to deal with difficult moments like today, but we cannot afford to play like this again.

"Today, everything was wrong, starting with our attitude. We were not committed in any way.

"There are many games which can be difficult, especially when you play against a side who run more than you and they (Rayo) played their very best, but we did nothing of what we need to do on the pitch." - REUTERS