Zinedine Zidane has felt the brutal wrath of fan anger after his Real Madrid side were humbled by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
Madrid were humbled at the Parc des Princes, where an Angel Di Maria brace and a late Thomas Meunier goal saw the Ligue 1 giants cruise to a 3-1 victory in their Group A opener and ramp up the pressure on Zidane.
Zidane, whose team failed to record a shot on target, was unhappy with Madrid's intensity in Paris midweek.
"They have surpassed us in everything, especially what bothers me is the intensity," the Madrid head coach told a news conference, via AS.
"At this level, in this competition, it is complicated if you don't enter the field well. They have surpassed us."
Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema had efforts ruled out for Madrid, who fell to a PSG side that were without Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.
"They are good at creating chances. What has worried me is to see my team without the necessary intensity," Zidane added.
"We know that the opponent was going to put a lot of pressure on us. We have almost never entered the game. We had only two chances and made two goals, but the VAR has ruled them out."
Zidane famously guided Madrid to three Champions League titles before taking a brief hiatus from his coaching role.
When the Frenchman was previously at the helm he had the incomparable talent of Cristiano Ronaldo to depend on.
With the Portuguese superstar now at Juventus, Zidane's coaching credentials are under intense scrutiny.
It was the France World Cup-winning legend that copped the brunt of the criticism following the disappointing loss to PSG.
To be honest, it wouldn't be that harsh if Zidane was fired for that performance alone. Oh my goodness. Horrendous.— Andy West (@andywest01) September 18, 2019
Zidane is truly an elite manager.— TR (@TacticalRole) September 18, 2019
When he has Cristiano Ronaldo.
-Neymar,Cavani and Mbappe our injured.— Ugbedeojo (@Certifiedopeboi) September 18, 2019
- Icardi made his full debut
Real Madrid should have won this easily but were totally outplayed , Can’t help but blame Zidane.
PSG 3-0 Real Madrid— Ben Hayward (@bghayward) September 18, 2019
PSG, without Neymar, Cavani & Mbappé, quicker and slicker than Madrid. Tuchel's influence there to be seen as Zidane's side were outplayed, unable to cope at the back and short of ideas in midfield and attack. Not a good look.#PSGRMA pic.twitter.com/ZbH0ntFQJ6
Don't forget PSG are playing without Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani 😂😂— Junior (@juniormufasa_) September 18, 2019
Zidane will regret taking the job back 😂 and letting go of Ronaldo and Navas are the biggest mistake Real Madrid made
Zidane finally being exposed for the fraud he is 🤣— LAUREN 💕 (@lolo_davids) September 18, 2019
Zidane is a trash manager, trying to get the top jobs based on his name alone-he deserves to be sacked by Madrid. His man management skills are also absolute garbage— Andy (@_Andy_JT) September 18, 2019
PSG star haunts former club
Di Maria opened the scoring for PSG when the former Real Madrid attacker beat goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois at his near post in the 14th minute.
However, Zidane refused to blame his shot-stopper – later beaten by Di Maria from 20 yards before Meunier's late sealer – following the defeat.
"We are all in the same boat. When we win, we all win. And when we lose, we all lose," he said.
"I don't want to point at anyone. It is everyone's fault when it is lost."
While Madrid failed to have a single shot on target in a Champions League game for the first time since Opta started recording the data in 2003-04, Zidane is unworried about his side's ability to create.
"I didn't like not creating opportunities with the players we have on the field. It is what it is. We have almost never entered the game," he said.
"I am not worried. Normally we have occasions."