PARIS – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane fumed at his team's lack of intensity after the 13-times European champions started their Champions League campaign with a chastening 3-0 defeat at Paris St Germain on Wednesday.
Real, record 13-times European champions, were overwhelmed, especially in midfield, and failed to muster a single shot on target at the Parc des Princes.
“Clearly they were better than us in every department - in the way they played, in midfield,” the Frenchman told a news conference. “What upset me is that we did not put enough intensity in the game and at that level of competition, it's not possible.
“They're good at creating chances, that's not what worries me. What worries me is that lack of intensity,” Zidane added after Real suffered their first defeat of the season.
With their midfield players totally suffocated by the PSG duo of Idrissa Gueye and Marco Verratti, Real struggled to bring the ball forward.