Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has criticized the decision to proceed with his side’s goalless draw against Osasuna on Saturday in incredibly difficult weather conditions.
Storm Filomena left much of northern Spain and Madrid covered in snow this week. While Atletico Madrid’s home clash against Athletic Club has been postponed due to conditions, Real Madrid have had to travel north to fulfill their game in Pamplona city.
However, it is reported that the team’s plane was immobilized for three hours while awaiting clearance to take off from a frozen runway. Meanwhile, the keepers worked overtime to make the Osasuna pitch in El Sadar playable.
A goalless draw means Real Madrid (who only forced one shot on target) remain second in La Liga behind Atleti, who now have three games in hand.
Speaking at his post-match press conference, Zidane complained about the situation, insisting that what happened was “not a football game”.
The coach said, via Goal: “We did what we could do on the pitch but it was not a football game. The conditions were very difficult.
He revealed that his team – who play in the Copa del Rey again on Wednesday – were unable to return home the same night due to the lingering storm.
“It is clear that the game against Osasuna should have been postponed,” Zidane said. “The conditions for playing football weren’t there, which is ultimately what everyone wants. As much for us as for our adversaries.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois echoed Zidane’s feelings after the game, suggesting La Liga treated the players like ‘puppets’,
“I want to thank the people of Osasuna to have the pitch like this, “Courtois Movistar said, quoted by Marca.
“But it’s unfortunate what La Liga did to us. We know what the conditions were, and of course we were able to play, but take off with the runway frozen and now we can’t go home. We are human and now a show. ”
“We did what was asked, like if we hadn’t come they would have amassed three points from us. But I don’t think that’s for sure, we’re not puppets who always have to play. ”