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Zidane: "We put in a great performance and didn't give up"

NEWS | 25/01/2017

"We've now got to rest up and focus on challenging in the two remaining competitions", added the Whites' coach. 
Zinedine Zidane took to the press room at Balaídos to reflect on the game against Celta, where the Whites' coach praised his players' efforts: "We produced a very good 35 minutes in the first half, and after they went ahead we didn't give up and put in a great performance right until the end. Today I can only but congratulate them all because we put in a great display. When you perform poorly and don't deserve anything you have to look at yourselves, but today there's no blame to be laid. We produced a disciplined performance, full of character and it was a shame that we didn't manage to achieve what we wanted".

"We played really well and that's all there is to it. We're out of the competition and I'm disappointed given how they all performed and after having played like that and because as we got close to the end of the game it was still possible, but it wasn't meant to be and we've now got to rest up and focus on challenging in the remaining competitions".

Benzema and Morata
"They two of them are fine. I'm just focusing on the team and that's what we have to do now. Nobody likes to lose a tie. We're going to continue and if we play like this, with character and spirit, we'll be there and fighting right until the end in the two remaining competitions".


“I don’t think we were disorganised. It is true that we didn’t score in open play. Both goals came from set pieces. Tactically we played brilliantly and put our opponents under pressure. My feeling is that we knew what we were doing. We took the right approach all the way up to the end”.

Reviving the team
“The only thing left to do is rest up and turn our attentions to what lies ahead. We are going to keep on with this approach and we are still in two other competitions. We don’t need to go over this anymore. We took our eye off the first game and in this one we weren’t good enough. I am happy with what we were able to do though”.

Clincal touch lacking
“I’m not worried about that in the slightest. We had chances that we didn’t take, but we are going to change things. If we keep working, we will achieve big things”.