Sep 24, 2016 at 7.45pm UK at ​Gran Canaria
Las PalmasLas Palmas
2-2
Real Madrid
Tana (38'), Araujo (85')
Mesa (23'), Garcia (54'), Tana (91')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Asensio (33'), Benzema (67')
Kroos (58'), Carvajal (77')

Zinedine Zidane calls for fast starts from Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane appears prior to the game between Real Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna on January 9, 2016
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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane calls on his team to start matches at a higher tempo after dropping their first league points of the season against Villarreal.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has admitted that his team need to start matches with a quicker tempo if they are to avoid dropping points in the early stages of the season.

Los Blancos have taken 13 points from their five La Liga matches to sit top of the table, but they were held to a 1-1 draw by Villarreal on Wednesday night in a game where they fell behind.

The Madrid giants also struggled on home soil in their Champions League opener with Sporting Lisbon on September 14, and Zidane has said that his side 'cannot expect to score a late goal every game'.

"The main problem was the first half overall, we did not start the game as we should. In the first half we did not have any momentum as we did not have any intensity and didn't create many chances to score, although I cannot blame my players," Zidane told reporters.

"Of course it's impossible to be at your best from the first minute in every game and we showed that during the first 45 minutes - while defensive mistakes can happen in football. We cannot get a late goal in every game we play."

Real Madrid, who have not won the Spanish title since 2012, will attempt to continue their unbeaten start to the new season when they visit Las Palmas on Saturday night.

Zinedine Zidane appears prior to the game between Real Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna on January 9, 2016
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Real Madrid6420156914
2Barcelona64111961313
3Atletico MadridAtletico63301221012
4Villarreal633094512
5Athletic Bilbao640296312
6Sevilla6321119211
7Las PalmasLas Palmas63121411310
8EibarEibar631286210
9AlavesAlaves62317529
10Real Betis6222811-38
11Real Sociedad621389-17
12Celta Vigo621358-37
13Leganes6213610-47
14Sporting GijonSporting Gijon6213514-97
15Valencia6204912-36
16Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo612335-25
17Malaga612358-35
18Espanyol6123914-55
19Granada6024715-82
20Osasuna6024513-82
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