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Zidane: “This team can hurt the opposition at any moment"

NEWS | 02/04/2017 | Javier García

“We scored three goals and conceded none, that's hugely positive”, added the coach.
Zidane appeared in the press room at the Santiago Bernabéu to discuss his team's 3-0 win over Alavés which saw Real Madrid cement their position at the top of LaLiga: “We were up against a side who are playing very well and have lost very few games. They're a team who can cause you problems. We were on top in the first half, we started strongly, created chances and got the goal. The second half was worse because we were wasteful with the ball which was unusual. In the end, we scored three goals and conceded none, that's hugely positive”.
“We know we have to improve. With games every three days, you can't always play well for 90 minutes. We have to consider that this is the way it's going to be almost every three days and it'll only get worse. Consistency is the key to us achieving great things. The first half was brilliant, in the second we lost too many easy balls”.
Crucial second goal
“We were having problems, it was a poor period of the game for us. Suddenly Cristiano picks the ball up, lays it through and Isco scores. We can hurt the opposition at any moment, that's a quality this team has”.
“We've got key games every three days. To win LaLiga or the Champions League, every match is important, the players know that. When Isco plays, he does a fantastic job because he's a great player. There are 24 guys here and every single one is crucial”.
Isco's contract renewal
“Of course I want him to renew, because he's a key player for Real Madrid. All he wants is to be here and playing. I'm thrilled with his goal and with the way he played between the lines. He put in a very complete performance”.

We were on top in the first half, we started strongly and created chances.

“Varane picked up an injury in the same spot as before. He told me he doesn't feel as strong as he did three weeks ago, we'll send him for a scan. I hope it's nothing serious, nor anything psychological. He's had time to recover and he was ready. Before the game he was 100% fit”.
Tribute to Juanito
“I think it's something very important for the player and the person that he was. He represented the values of this club: never let your head drop, always battling, fighting. I never saw him play but I've seen the images and he did great things for this club. We all share in this tribute. We're thinking about him and the fans always remember him”.

“He's always involved in the action, creating chances or scoring goals. He's in great form and I'm happy for him. I hope I'll be able to call on key players in this final stretch of the season and that they'll all do a great job. There are a lot of games still to go but we've got a big squad". 
“He's a Real Madrid player and I'm counting on him just like the rest of them. He feels pain from time to time and I don't know if it's mental or something else. He's played a lot of games here, he's won the Champions League and done great things. That's what he has to think about. He's been out with injury for a long time and he's got things that aren't so serious but they're stopping him getting back to 100%. He's a Real Madrid player and I hope he'll be back with us before the end of the season”.