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Zidane: "I'm happy with the result but the tie isn't over yet"

NEWS | 15/02/2017 | Javier García

"We played with real intensity and our concentration levels were very high", declared the Whites' boss.
Zinedine Zidane expressed his satisfaction at this side's performance in the victory over Napoli and had the following to say at the final whistle in the media room: "We put in a great performance, possibly our best. We made a great start, the disappointment was the goal that we conceded. We recovered soon after going behind and got a goal and I'm happy with the result, we deserved this outcome. The scoreline doesn't matter, we now have to go there and go again. It'll be tough and we'll be made to dig in. The tie isn't over yet. We need to go there and finish the job with this 3-1 advantage".

"I'm not sure whether this wasn't our best performance in terms of our play, it certainly was intensity-wise. Our concentration levels were very high and that was important. We faced strong opposition, who came into the game on the back of a fantastic run of results. There have also been other games in which I have been happy with our performance".

The opposition
"Napoli are a great side and they made life tough for us. They're capable of doing damage at any moment, but we too have our weapons to hurt the opposition". 


"Ramos picked up a knock but as the game went on he recovered. In the end, I took him off because of the knock and the fact he was on a yellow, I didn’t want to risk it. It was just a slight knock, nothing more”.

Kroos’ goal
“He loves getting into that position. We spoke about it. He is capable of offering both his attacking and defensive qualities. He has a powerful shot and is great at shooting from that part of the pitch. I’m happy with him”.

“I am always happy with him. He had been lacking goals in his recent games, but I am happy with his goal and his general play. He links up brilliantly with the others and really makes them play. Cristiano also played brilliantly. James was good on the ball and helped his teammates out… we had plenty of goalscoring opportunities”.