A year after Zidane lead Los Blancos to Champions League and La Liga glory, Real Madrid suffered another major humiliation on Saturday in Spain.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said media coverage of his football squad emphasises the negative because that "sells more".
When these two sides met in this fixture last season, they played to a 1-1 draw while the reverse fixture ended 3-2 in favour of Real.More news: Women in Saudi Arabia attend football matches for first time
Real remain fourth in the standings on 32 points and are only one point and one place above Villarreal.
Defeat for Madrid leaves them 16 points adrift of Barcelona and now focusing exclusively on cup competitions, but Nacho has denied suggestions that he and his teammates have simply given up hope of catching the runaway leaders.
The master scene in the game was three minutes before the final whistle when Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals scored the only goal in the game and secured the three points for his team.
Karim Benzema remains a doubt, while Marcos Llorente will be sidelined after suffering a shoulder injury against Numancia and Sergio Ramos is still out with a muscle problem.