Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insisted he is “not bothered” by Saturday night’s friendly defeat to their La Liga rivals Barcelona in Miami.
The Spanish and European champions went two goals down inside seven minutes thanks to Lionel Messi and Ivan Rakitic, before Mateo Kovacic and Marco Asensio forced parity heading into half-time.
Gerard Pique grabbed Barca’s clincher five minutes after the restart, however, leaving Real winless after three International Champions Cup games.
Zidane, whose team face the Catalans again in the Supercopa de Espana in two weeks’ time, can now turn his thoughts to the UEFA Super Cup meeting with Manchester United in Skopje.
“This is pre-season and I’m sure that the results we’ve achieved weren’t what we were expecting, but this doesn’t alter anything,” the Frenchman told realmadrid.com.
“The important thing is to be ready for August 8. I saw some good things out there, but also some things I didn’t like.
“We’ve got to be patient, work hard and be ready for the UEFA Super Cup. I’m not bothered by the defeat. It always hurts, we don’t like to lose but that’s not the most important thing. We need to improve and change a few things.”
Culled from Sky Sports