Laporte: Athletic expected more from Real Madrid

The young French defender was surprised by the Blancos’ lacklustre performance as they went down 1-0 at San Mames on Saturday

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte admits they expected a much stronger Real Madrid side to arrive at San Memes on Saturday.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side suffered a league defeat to Athletic for the first time since 2010 as Aritz Aduriz netted the only goal of the game.

And 20-year-old France Under 21 stopper Laporte, who watched on from the stands, said he was surprised at Madrid’s lackluster performance.

“It is true that we were expecting a tougher Real Madrid,” he told Telefoot.

“Real Madrid remains a great team. They have great players, but they were a little below their usual level. It happens in football sometimes.”

Toni Kroos failed with nine passes in the game, more than in any other game he’s played for Madrid in all competitions, while Cristiano Ronaldo has now failed to get a shot on target in half of his last eight Liga matches.

And Ancelotti admitted his side’s recent problems were down to his misfiring attack.

“Our problem is mostly to do with attacking, we are not finding the same attacking solutions as we did previously,” he said.

“That is the problem that we need to fix. We are lacking a little effectiveness up front.”

The result means Madrid have taken just 26 games to match last season’s total of five Liga defeats.

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