Zidane rues missed opportunity

Zinedine Zidane insists he was “happy” with Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw against Manchester City, but believes his side should have held an advantage heading into the second leg of the Champions League semi-final.

While the encounter failed to burst into life, only an impressive performance from City goalkeeper Joe Hart prevented Los Blancos from grabbing a crucial away goal.

Madrid substitute Jese also hit the bar in the second half, but since Madrid failed to find the back of the net at the Etihad Stadium, thry must now be wary about conceding in the return leg.

“I am happy with the game. It has not been easy,” Zidane told reporters. “We defended really well, above all in the second half. We had a couple of chances to score a goal.

“With the chances we had I am a little bit disappointed. We perhaps deserved more.”

Events may have been different if Zidane had been able to call upon the services of superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who missed out after a thigh problem flared up on the eve of the tie.

France striker Karim Benzema, meanwhile, had to be withdrawn at half-time due to a knee complaint, and the manager admits both are doubts for the second leg next Wednesday.

“We are going to try and get them fit for it but now I can’t assure you of anything,” he added. “I can’t tell you right now if they’ll be fit. We want them to be back and we need to look day but day at how they develop medically.”