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Zidane: “Ramos is special, he's the heart and soul of this team”

NEWS | 10/12/2016 | Javier García

“These players always keep believing and it's very sweet to win a game in this manner”, added the Whites' coach.
Zidane appeared in the press room at the Santiago Bernabéu following the victory over Deportivo which saw his team maintain their advantage at the top of the table. The madridista coach highlighted Ramos' goalscoring abilities: “We know Sergio is capable of that, especially in the final moments. He always believes he can achieve anything. I'm happy for all the players because they put in a great performance”.
“In the final minutes I believed that Ramos could score, Morata and Mariano as well… all the players that were in there to have a go. But Sergio is special. It's not the first time he's scored in the last minute. He's our captain and he's one of many players who are the heart and soul of this team. He's got character and he never lets his head drop. That's who he is”.
Defending against Ramos
“You can mark him, but he's smart, his movement is very good and the ball is like a magnet to his head. He's there wherever the ball falls. You can work on your marking but it's difficult to mark him well. Deportivo defend set pieces very well but… a ball to the near post and it's in”.
Goals conceded
“Things got a bit difficult for us but we put in a great performance. We got things wrong for the goal but that can happen. We have to praise our opponents because they played very well and made it hard for us. We've got the three points and that's the most important thing. We have to congratulate all the players”.


"When you make a mistake you can end up paying a hefty price, that's the way it goes in football. It was important for us to produce a reaction and we did that. It's very sweet to win a game in this manner. It's tough because you're trailing and there are just a few minutes left. You have to believe in yourself and the good thing about this team and this set of players is that they never lose the belief that they can win games in the final minutes. We're a positive side".

Belief in the final stages
"There's something about wearing this shirt and being at this club, it's always been the case. What we're achieving is down to these players. They've got incredible energy and we know that we're capable of doing big things, just as we've done here tonight. It's also down to the fans, who drive us on. I'm really pleased for all of the squad, someone of them weren't out there because we rested them and those that did feature performed really well. This is an important result for the squad".

Unbeaten run
"I don't think that we're invincible. One day this run will have come to an end. The good thing is that the players are aware that, in addition to hard work, having a positive outlook can help us out. Having gone 35 games undefeated gives us strength. However, today we were given a hard time, we needed to dig in and we did just that".
Raúl and Ramos
"We all know what Raúl did for this club in his playing days. Raúl was exactly the same, he also believed that the team could achieve big things. Sergio is an important player in our side, he's our captain and gives everyone else that energy. He inspires others to give their all out on the pitch and that helps us to put in these performances".

His managerial career
"I'm very fortunate to be in the position I'm in. I'm trying to enjoy it as much as I can. There's a lot of work and passion that goes into this. We're halfway through the season and I know that there'll be tough times ahead, so I want to enjoy the moment".