NEWS | 30/11/2016 | Javier García"I'm pleased with the performances of all of my players", he added.
Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press in the wake of his side's victory over Cultural, a triumph which saw the Whites secure their place in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey. The head coach was full of praise for his team's display: "We produced a very disciplined display, we put them under pressure right from the off and we achieved the most important thing, which was to win with a good performance".
"Winning 7-1 away from home in the first leg made it difficult to come back here and put in a good performance. What I take away with me is the attitude and intensity that the players showed today. I'm happy for Enzo on account of his goal and with what he did out there, both as his father and coach. But I'm happy with all of them, with the debuts for Odegaard and Álvaro (Tejero). It's a special day for them, it's not every day that you make your debut at the Bernabéu. I'm also pleased for Yáñez because he works hard every day and got his chance".
"If I take my coaches' hat off, I'm happy for my son. I must also say that, as his coach, I'm happy with him too. But not just with him, I'm pleased with all of the players because they did a good job. When we get home I'll speak to him, but as their coach, I'm happy with them all".
"Anything can happen. I don't know what'll happen in January. He proved tonight that at 18 he's got character, personality and he did very well".
"He's got goals in him and I'm happy with his goals and his performance. It was a very special night for madridismo. Now it's time to rest up because the next game is just around the corner and we need to be well rested, as we begin to turn our attentions to that next game from tomorrow".
“The idea was to give him some minutes. We spoke ahead of pre-season and he wanted to stay. Mariano is our player and we’ll see what happens in January. He got some playing time today and he scored”.
“He felt fine. He struggled a little bit early on but that’s to be expected after almost two months out. It was important for him to play a full match and he’s happy and well prepared”.
The midfield at the Camp Nou
“When you look at the way we’ve played in midfield in our recent games, we’ve been strong. Casemiro has come back, he’s fit and ready to help the team. He’s with us and we’ll have to see what we’re going to do on Saturday, but we’re going to need everyone”.
Cristiano and Messi
“They’re two exceptional players, each in their own way. Cristiano is doing exceptional, incredible things, I hope he carries on like this. We’ll see what he’s capable of on Saturday. I don’t think there’s a debate between them because I’m very happy with Cristiano and I think he’s going to win the Balon d’Or”.
Importance of El Clásico
“We’re not thinking about the consequences of the result, only about preparing well for the game. Whatever happens it won’t be decisive. It’s a good match against a great opponent who will certainly make it difficult for us and that’s all there is to it. We have to be ready. Now we need to rest up and we’ll start our preparations tomorrow. It won’t be decisive, not at all”.