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Real Madrid - Celta

Zidane: “We believed right up to the end”

NEWS | 27/08/2016 | Javier García

“I was pleased with the players' attitudes in chasing the three points”, added the Whites' coach.
Zidane appeared in the press room at the Santiago Bernabéu to analyse his side's win against Celta: “We played against a team who played a lot better than I expected, especially in defence. They made life hard for us and we didn't get any easy chances. Sometimes it happens that a game goes to 1-1 and it's not easy. We took the three points from this game and the players' attitudes really pleased me, they believed right up to the end. They were focussed right up to the final whistle”.
 
“It is clear that we didn't particularly shine. In some games we are unable to play how we want to. We played against a tough opponent that made life hard for us. We have room for improvement but I'm content with our start to the season: winning two La Liga games an winning another official game. Now we have the International games coming up and a lot of players will have to go but we can't change that”.
 
Changes
“Changes are made in order to bring something more to a game and that is what happened. We can do a lot better. That was how the game was, but it is what happens at times. We believed up the end and we got the three points, which is the most important thing”.

I'M CONTENT WITH OUR START TO THE SEASON

“I thought James did well. It’s not easy to have to come on and make a difference. He looked good, had a chance, and as you say, he’s going to stay here”.

Changing Morata and Modric
“He put in a very good, complete performance. Morata scored once and he could’ve got two or three. I took him off for Mariano to give us some fresh legs, he could do move defensively and offer us more pace up top. Luka worked very hard and I had to freshen things up a bit. He just took a knock. He looked good and had decent chances, he’s a little bit behind the rest of the group”.

The centre-midfielders
“Kroos and Modric are very important. They pressed very well and fulfilled their defensive duties. Sometimes it’s tough for the forwards and they helped the midfielders out and the full-backs as well. I’m very happy with my team, it’s clear we have to improve but sometimes things are not so straightforward at the beginning. The opponent often knows how you play and how to neutralise the threat posed by our fullbacks”.

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