Zidane, Kroos, Courtois bemoan the playing conditions against Osasuna

Zinedine Zidane-Real Madrid

Real Madrid were held to a goalless draw against Osasuna in the Spanish League last night.

The Spanish champions missed the chance to overtake Atletico Madrid and climbed to the top of the Spanish League with the win and they will be disappointed with their performance last night.

Real Madrid managed to create very few chances throughout the game and they had just one shot on target.

For a team of their calibre, last night’s performance was quite frustrating and simply unacceptable.

It will be interesting to see if they can improve in the coming weeks and close the gap with cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid at the top of the table.

Midfielder Toni Kroos has bemoaned the lack of quality last night.

He said: “We created very few chances and with our quality we have to create more, even if the pitch is difficult to play on. We knew this game would be against a rival that likes to defend. With the changes (in the second half) we tried to change what we lacked before the break. We can’t be happy with the result, because we want to fight to be first in the table and the draw doesn’t help.”

Meanwhile, manager Zinedine Zidane was disappointed that the authorities allowed the game to go through despite the snowy conditions in Pamplona.

He said: “We did what we could do on the field but it was not a football match. The conditions were very difficult.”

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was disappointed that La Liga allowed the game to go through despite heavy snowstorm.

The pitch was in unplayable condition and the Real Madrid star voiced his frustrations after the game.

He said: “I want to thank the people of Osasuna for having the pitch like this. But it is unfortunate what LaLiga have done to us. We know what the conditions were, and of course we were able to play, but taking off with the frozen runway and now we can’t go home. We are human and not a show. We have done what was asked, as if we didn’t come (to Pamplona) they would have docked three points from us. But I don’t think it’s safe, we aren’t puppets that always have to play. We made the effort today, but we have to think about these trips and the logistics needed to return home.”