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Zidane: "We put in a great performance and came five minutes away from winning"

NEWS | 15/01/2017 | Alberto Navarro

"We're hurting after the defeat, but we've got to now turn our attentions to Wednesday's game", he added.
Zinedine Zidane took to the media room at the Sánchez Pizjuán to reflect on his side's encounter against Sevilla. The Whites' coach expressed his regret at missing out on the three points but was quick to praise to his players' efforts: "We came five minutes away from winning. The two teams put in a great performance and we just needed to hold on for those five minutes. It's tough to take after the performance that we put in. The defeat is a bit harsh on us, but that's the way things go in football and we must continue to perform as we have been up until now. We knew that the run would have to come to an end at some point".

"We've now got to look forwards. We knew that the run would come to an end and all of the games from now on will be tough. It's a pity that we conceded two goals with just five minutes to go. We're hurting after the defeat, but we've got to now turn our attentions to Wednesday's game".

The system
"I was pleased with our performance and the character we showed. Facing the same team three times in quick succession means that we had to change the system, but I'm happy with how the players performed".

Final minutes
"Their first goal came from a free-kick and the second one came after we lost the ball, but these things happen. We played well for 85 minutes and I'm very proud of my players and what we have achieved during the 40-game unbeaten run. We now have to think about the next game and get up for that one".


“It’s very difficult now to lift the players after a defeat like that but it wasn’t due to lack of concentration. There are moments within the game and these things can happen over the 90 minutes. It’s what it is and we’ll look at the things we can improve on. I’m a bit disappointed with the two goals”.

“I’ve always said they can fight for the league. I said in the build-up that today was first against second and we’ve seen a great game of football. Sevilla are in the hunt for LaLiga. They play some good football, they fight hard and show intensity in everything they do, you’ve seen that today”.

Will the end of the unbeaten run have an effect?
“I don’t think so. We’ll see on Wednesday because we’re playing every three days. It won’t affect anything, we need to channel this defeat because nobody likes to lose, especially in this manner. That’s football and now we’ve got to rest up”.

“I’m very proud of our captain because he put in a fantastic performance. I’ve got no problem with the goal he scored, that’s just football. He showed real character. Now all that’s left to do is congratulate Sevilla and turn our attentions to the next game”.