The reigning Spanish champions conceded a draw against Real Sociedad and saved a point thanks to a goal from Vinicius Junior.

Zinedine Zidane admitted that his tactical changes may have been damaging at Real Madrid during their 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad on Monday night, but said it did not affect his La Liga title bid. The defending champions demanded a saved point from the tie thanks to a late goal from Vinicius Junior who responded to a Cristian Portu header to score a point at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.

The draw leaves Real Madrid five points behind rivals and Spanish league leaders Atletico Madrid, who they will face next Sunday. Zinedine Zidane switched formation at half-time for a three-point defense, and Portu scored alone at the second post in the 56th minute. "I changed our system because I wasn't happy with our dry cleaners," Zidane was quoted as saying by Marca.

"If you asked me and now it's the third time, then yes, maybe," the Real Madrid coach replied when asked if the tactical change had disrupted his team. We had to change things because, after an hour, the team was a bit tired. Sometimes we have to change things. In the end, you try to find things to change the dynamic."


Shock at the top for the title at the Wanda Metropolitano next Sunday

However, Zinedine Zidane believes his team would have deserved a better result over the whole match: "I didn't like how we started the game. We changed quickly and dominated the game. We've had three or four goals, but we don't put any. In the second half as well, we had a lot of chances and we put only one. We lose two points at home. But hey, I'm happy with what we did. I think we deserved more, especially given our opportunities. They had one and put it in."

"But we also had matches where maybe we didn't deserve to win. That's five wins and a draw, we've got to keep going. I don't know if it was the best game of the last six. We always say it's better when we win. It's true that it was a good game, but we lose two points, that's what bothers me with the players," added the three-time Champions League winner with the Merengue.

Zidane's team travels to the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday and are pleased with the form of their team.  "We have to stay calm," Zidane said. "We had a good game and we had three or four chances to score. Patience, calm, and rest. We've faced a team that creates opportunities against you. We have to keep going. It doesn't change the way we approach the derby. We have to go there to make a good game." Any result other than a win over Atlético Madrid would seriously complicate the merengue's task of retaining their title at the end of the season.