Potential Real Madrid lineup against Levante

  • Potential Real Madrid lineup against Levante

Potential Real Madrid lineup against Levante

Ronaldo was visibly angry on the bench and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has publicly blasted the squad for letting the match slip out of their control.

Real Madrid's chances of defending their LaLiga title became slimmer, after they were held to a 2-2 draw at Levante on Saturday night.

Despite the massive 18-point gap to Barcelona, which could be extended again if the leaders win at Espanyol on Sunday, Zidane will not yet throw in the towel.

Isco, brought on for the ineffective Gareth Bale, looked to have earned Madrid the three points when he slammed home in the 81st minute but Pazzini, on loan from Verona, had the final say.

Zidane stressed that he did not want his players to think about any of their difficulties during the season, adding: "We must think positively".

"We controlled the game, especially in the first half, and in the second we managed to do the hard part - get back into the game and score the second goal", said Zidane. We can not put three or four results together. Then we must be clever, avoid the second goal, and we did not. 88 minutes in, Giampaolo Pazzini was played in behind the Real Madrid defence and his shot from there went in off the glove of Navas to rescue a much-needed point for his relegation-threatened side.

"There are a lot of points, and two more today, even when we had the game under control". We won our last game 4-1 at Valencia.

The opening stages of the second half proved to be a quiet affair, but Levante carved out another opening in the 57th minute only for Navas to deny Lerma from close range.

Boateng has been very consistent for Levante since joining, playing 14 matches with tonight's goal as his first for the side.

"It bothers me because we work it - we know that the opponent can hurt you on the counter-attack". "I changed [Ronaldo] as I wanted another player a bit more in the middle of the pitch", Zidane explained. On top of their woeful league form, they were eliminated from the King's Cup at the hands of Leganes and face the daunting prospect of facing in form Paris St Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League.