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Zidane: “Bale is a special player and he makes a difference for us"

NEWS | 18/02/2017 | Javier García

“I'm pleased because I've got 24 very good footballers and they're all very focused on what we're doing”, he added.
Zidane appeared in the press room at the Santiago Bernabéu to discuss his team's win over Espanyol that consolidated their place at the top of the table. The coach was full of praise for his players: “I'm happy because it shows they're all focused and committed to what we're doing. It's more difficult for the players who get less minutes, but they don't show it. You can see they're all prepared when the team needs them and that's great”.

“We've got 24 very good players and we want to be all together in everything we do. The players are happy to be able to help the team when they get their chance, that's the most important thing. We know we've got a lot of games and we'll need everyone. Now we have two games away from home, there are only two teams that can pick up more points on Wednesday and that's crucial. Then next weekend it's another difficult away trip”.
“I'm happy to have him back. He was eager to get back playing again. When he came on, I told him to go out and enjoy himself, that was all I said. We'd discussed his position previously. He's a key player and we're all happy, especially the player himself. Gareth is Gareth. We've only got one Gareth Bale, but we've got other players who are doing a great job”.


"He’s a special player, he’s different from the rest, but each player does their bit. It doesn’t look like he’s been out for three months. He's very powerful, he makes the difference and that's why he's special. I'm happy to have the front three available because we know what they can offer, as well as what the rest can do".
"We know about him because he always scores. Every time he doesn’t score people pick up on it, but he doesn’t look anxious to me. For me, he was just like in the match against Napoli, he’s run a lot and worked for others. I'm not worried, I know he's going to be the difference at a key moment".
"He is happy and committed to what he’s doing. He has had a great game today and has given the two assists for the goals. I’m just thinking about what the team is doing right now".
Goal scoring streak
"It was difficult to get both goals. We attacked for the whole game but we didn’t get the second goal to give us some breathing space. We were patient in the game and that's what's important. I like to mix patience with a touch of speed. We must carry on like this to continue our scoring streak".