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Zidane: “We showed the intensity we needed to win from the start”

NEWS | 15/10/2016 | Alberto Navarro

“The match was a benchmark for us. It's not easy to play like that away from home”, said the coach.
Zinedine Zidane discussed Real Madrid's goal fest at the Benito Villamarín: “I'm really pleased after the three draws in the league. We needed a match like this and we showed the intensity we needed to win from the start. It's a difficult ground, we started strongly and it's very tough for our opponents if we play like that”.

“I've got good players, they're intelligent. They knew we had to start strongly and they did that superbly. Playing like that from the first minute makes it difficult for the opponent. We worked towards trying to do that and now we have to be consistent and continue in the same way. It's a reference point. It's not easy to play like that away from home”.

Not slipping to four consecutive draws again
I hope it doesn't happen again. If we show the same intensity we showed today from the start, it'll happen less often. The players know that it'll be tough for anyone to beat us if we play at that pace from the off. We have to keep working in the same vein and it would be ideal not to record four draws again”.

Taking it easy in the second half
I don't think we lowered our intensity. We missed two or three key passes but that can happen over the course of a game. We played a great match.

He's part of this squad. He played very well today and I'm happy with his goals and his work rate, because he worked very hard”.

We have to give everything in every single match and we're all very happy today.

“When Lucas Vázquez came on we played with three in the middle. It is not his ideal position but all of the players are capable of playing in different positions and Lucas can do that with ease. Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t look anxious. He always wants to score and that is normal. The most important is that he was focused and transmitted positive energy towards the others. I am happy that he got a goal”.

Players from every position scoring
“That is not just something from today. It has happened in previous games. We are lucky to have important players in every position and they show that in every game, even with set pieces, which is very important these days”.

The fourth goal
“For those who like football, myself included, it is a great attractive thing to see us do what we need to do so quickly, in transition, and with so few touches. I am going to watch it all back and enjoy it”.