Zinedine Zidane was frank in his assessment of Real Madrid's dismal 2018/19 campaign on Sunday, saying the "best thing" that could have happened is that their season had finally ended, while he has also addressed Gareth Bale's future.
The Spanish giants finished the season in third position on the LaLiga table after suffering a shock 2-0 defeat to Betis on Sunday afternoon.
In succumbing to defeat, Zidane's side finished the league campaign with 68 points from their 38 allotted games, their lowest points tally since 2002, according to Football Espana.
After the match, the Frenchman claimed he was glad the season is over for Real, who failed to win a single piece of silverware.
"The best thing that has happened to us is that the season has finished," Zidane said, as per Football Espana.
"The players have found it hard to be motivated, when they have been playing for nothing since my return.
"However, we cannot forget about this season, as it must serve as an example of how to improve next season."
After seeing Real suffer their 12th overall loss in Spain's top flight in 2018/19, the 46-year-old stressed the need to rebuild for the next campaign, and also shouldered some of the blame for the team's woeful showing this season.
"What happened this year has to be accepted. I'm to blame – we've had 11 games and won just 5. That is what it is," Zidane added, according to FourFourTwo.
"When a season starts off badly and then you are not playing for a trophy, I think it is hard to play well if there is nothing to play for. Motivation is a strange thing, it is part of our reality.
"Now we have to focus on next season because we want to please the fans and I can tell them right now that we are going to prepare well in pre-season.
"We are going to have plenty of time to focus on our work and set up a great season. We're going to compete from the off."
With Real poised for a squad overhaul, Zidane then briefly discussed the futures of goalkeeper Keylor Navas and club-record signing Gareth Bale, with the latter not featuring against Betis despite being named on the substitutes bench, further fuelling speculation he is set to leave the club.
"I don't know what will happen. I've called upon other players lately. I'm making decisions about who plays and who is on the bench, but next year anything can happen," he continued.
"Today, he (Bale) didn't play because others have come in. I'm sorry that he didn't get minutes today, but next year who knows what will happen.
"I have to take decisions and when I don't like things or something doesn't seem right, I have to change them. Nobody is going to change what the player has done at this club, but day to day it is like that. We live in the present, although we will not forget the past.
"I do not know what will happen. Keylor played well today and the people were happy. I see it just like that and next year we'll see."
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