2018-2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Jonathan Silva (45')
  • Karim Benzema (51')

Real Madrid's lacklustre form continues with draw at Leganes

Real Madrid stumbled to a 1-1 La Liga draw at Leganes on Monday, the latest disappointing result in a nightmare season for the European champions.

Zinedine Zidane's side, who are third in the table and 13 points behind leaders Barcelona, were uninspired against local rivals Leganes.

Madrid put in the kind of lethargic performance which has plagued their season, with Marco Asensio and Raphael Varane missing good first-half chances.

"For me as coach, and them as players, we must keep trying to play better," Zidane said. "We can play better, and we must play better. The first half was not so good, the second half a bit better. Even if this might have been a bad season, we must all give a bit more."

Jonathan Silva fired Leganes ahead in the 45th minute with their first chance of the game, driving home from the edge of the box.

Karim Benzema equalised at the start of the second half and Marcelo saw a shot tipped away as Madrid enjoyed a short period in ascendancy.

Leganes, 11th in the table, went close to winning the game but Youssef En-Nesyri had a goal correctly disallowed for offside.

Asked if Benzema annoyed by persistent talk that the Bernabeu hierarchy would sign a new striker this summer, Zidane said: "I don't know -- you'd have to ask him about that."

"[Benzema] is used to that, new players coming," Zidane said. "But he has shown his personality and that's it. He is a fantastic player and this year what has changed is that he has scored many more goals, so I am happy for him."

A Madrid player whose future remains uncertain is Welsh galactico Gareth Bale, who made little impression during a late run as a substitute.

"[Bale] is an important player of the squad," Zidane said. "He has played three of the last four games, I think. Today I wanted to make a change, that's all. Playing 10 or 15 minutes is difficult for those who come into the game, it was the same with Lucas [Vazquez]. We make the changes to win the game, and we did not do that today."

Information from Reuters and ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan was used in this report.

Spanish Primera División Standings

1 Barcelona 27 +32 58
2 Real Madrid 27 +30 56
3 Sevilla FC 27 +10 47
4 Real Sociedad 27 +12 46
5 Getafe 27 +12 46
6 Atletico Madrid 27 +10 45
7 Valencia 27 -1 42
8 Villarreal 27 +6 38
9 Granada 27 +1 38
10 Athletic Bilbao 27 +6 37
11 Osasuna 27 -4 34
12 Real Betis 27 -5 33
13 Levante 27 -8 33
14 Alavés 27 -8 32
15 Real Valladolid 27 -10 29
16 Eibar 27 -14 27
17 Celta Vigo 27 -12 26
18 Mallorca 27 -16 25
19 Leganes 27 -18 23
20 Espanyol 27 -23 20