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Zidane: It was a special night and I am proud of the players"

NEWS | 12/04/2016

“Cristiano is demonstrating that he is the best player in the world", added the Whites' coach.
Zidane did not hide his satisfaction at the comeback and his team’s qualification when in the press room of the Santiago Bernabéu: “I’m coming away with the feeling that we did a good job. It wasn't easy but I come away happy and proud of what they did tonight. It was a special night and we achieved what we were looking for. I'm really happy for the players because what they did together was phenomenal”.

“It’s not east to start how we did, scoring two goals in 15 minutes. We went in with a really high intensity. We showed the opposition that it was important for us to win and go through. What we had to do today was play with intensity but using our heads. That was my message, to not think it would be easy and to play with our heads. We achieved it in 90 minutes. Scoring three goals against this team wasn't easy. We lost the first game, but we won and we turned it around”.

“What can I say about Cristiano Ronaldo. He is demonstrating what he is, the best player in the world. That's what makes him a special player. He need all the team and that's what he wants: to speak about the team, of what they have done together. He needs the others to be able to do what he's done. He's special because not everyone can score three goals”.

The fans
“They are a massive plus. Everything that they do for the team is very important. They are always with the team. When they see the players play like this, they get behind us more. I want to thank the fans for what they did for the players. We have to continue because there's a long way to go”.


“Things never went to my head as a player, and they will not as a coach. I'm happy with how things are going, but I'm not naive. I know that there will be difficult moments, there already have been and one needs to know how to approach them. I'm continuing to learn and move forward. I like what I do and that's the most important thing”.

His experience as a coach
“It wasn't an easy game. It's true, from the point of view of a coach it was incredible, after being 2-0 behind the players have played incredibly. It's my best game as a coach. As a coach it's much more difficult, but I'm happy. I'm not worried about what could happen, I concentrate on the day to day. There are difficult moments, like the first-leg, but there’s no need to drive yourself crazy”.

Celebrations in the changing room
“We achieved it with effort and concentration from everyone. The president of the club came down to congratulate everyone and we're all very happy. It's been like a normal day when we win a game. Now we must rest well because we have a league game on Saturday. It's a shame because we can’t celebrate much”.

Carvajal starting
“Today Carvajal has played, and I'm very happy with what he has done. We are a team, we are all focused and involved. In Éibar those who play less did very well. We will rotate, we are a group. It's true that Carvajal has been great today”.

Keylor Navas and Cristiano before the free kick
“I know that Keylor said something to him, but I don't know what. You'll have to ask them”.