‘Number of reasons for bad start’

Real Zaragoza boss Manolo Jimenez has lamented the club's poor start to the season, blaming injuries, signings and poor playing surfaces.

The 48-year-old tactician has guided the Manos’ to 17th place in La Liga after the first seven games, and has given his opinion on what has gone wrong for the Aragonan's so far.

“There have been several factors that have prevented us from adding more points,” he told terra.es. “The delay of new signings, the state of the pitch at La Romareda and injuries to key players.

“I think if those things had all gone our way, we would have got six more points. It does not look good, but I would be more worried if we weren't playing well.”

He also went on to comment on midfielder N'dri Romaric, who received a one-match ban after his red card against Getafe last Saturday.

“With Romaric, I'm looking forward to Monday and giving him a kind of pre-season!” he quipped. “He's 100 per cent one of the best midfielders in the world though. He's just been unlucky so far.”

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