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Zidane: “We played 90 minutes of top level football"

NEWS | 17/09/2017 | Javier García (San Sebastián)

"Bale had a great game and not just because of the goal", he said during the press conference.
Zinedine Zidane spoke in the press room at Anoeta and analysed Real Madrid's victory against Real Sociedad: "We showed character to get the win because it’s not an easy place to come. Real Sociedad have had a good start to the season. We played 90 minutes at a great level, especially the first half. Bale and Borja’s goals gave us the victory but it was achieved by the whole group".

"We must congratulate the players for the run of 73 consecutive games scoring. They are the ones who run, fight and have achieve this record. We can keep the run going in the coming games. But for me the most important thing is the victory and how we got it. We played very well from the start".

Praise for Bale
"He’s had a great game and not just because of the goal. I'm happy he scored because he needed it. It wasn’t easy, after running 70 meters he finished very well and I am happy for him. He’s not playing at his best, but little by little we’ll find the real Gareth. I know he can do much better and we have to be patient. He is happy with his goal, it’s a weight off of his shoulders. But he has also worked hard defensively".

I’m happy for Mayoral because he’s got a part to play for this team.

“Mayoral is here with us and has a role to play, he’s shown that today. He was given a chance and he’s done a great job. Not just with his goal, he put in a complete performance. I’m happy for him because he’s got a part to play for this team. It wasn’t an easy place to come, they’re tough opposition and we played a great game”.  

Draws against Valencia and Levante
“We struggled against Levante and in the first half of the Champions League tie. Other than those two games, I’m thrilled with the work we’re doing. It was important to get the three points today and move up the table. Before the game, Real Madrid were in an unusual position. We’re back on track but we’ve got to keep going because there’s another game on Wednesday”.

Best performance of the season?
“Yes, other than the game against Manchester Utd, which was fantastic. I’m happy with the game and we’ve got to keep on in the same vein. If we carry on like this we can do a lot of damage”.

“It’s going to be tough, as it is when you have already won a lot like we have… But the great thing about these players is that they’re hungry and they showed that today. We knew we had to put in a good performance and we did so. Now we’re higher up the table. It’s difficult when you win a lot, not just in terms of finding motivation, but also because the opposition are more motivated too”.