APOEL - Real Madrid

Zidane: “We are on the right track, doing things well”

NEWS | 21/11/2017 | Javier García (Nicosia) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Antonio Villalba/Helios de la Rubia

“We were focussed, scored early and did not concede”, the coach added.
Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press at Nicosia's GSP Stadium analysing Real Madrid's performance against APOEL and the fact that they have qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League: “We are on the right track, playing well. Our game is clearly growing, because scoring six away from home is no mean feat. You could say we were playing a weak team, but that is not true. We were focused, scored early and did not concede”.

“It has been a great matchday for us and the important thing is we have got through the group. Those who play less got some minutes and that's great. In terms of the group we can do nothing. Even if we win our final game we will still be second and we have to get on with that. We shouldn't be pessimistic, it will not change things. I know we have a long journey home, we can rest tomorrow and on Thursday focus on the Saturday's LaLiga game”.

The last-16 tie
“We'll be playing two games and trying to get through to the next round. Our opponents know it is difficult to face Real Madrid. This will not change but we know that anyone we face will be tough. We'll be playing against a group winner and they will have performed phenomenally well”.

I am happy for Benzema, for Cristiano and all of my players.

"Getting their names on the scoresheet is good for Cristiano and Karim, but it's good news for everyone and is particularly postitive for them. They thrive on goals and they've both got braces to see us to victory. I'm delighted for Benzema, Cristiano and the whole team".

"We always speak to all of the players, not just with Karim. It's not that he has been having a bad time. Because he's not one to talk much, at times he keeps things to himself, but it doesn't affect him much. He knows where he is at this club and that's good. We always demand more of the top players. He's been at the club for 10 years and perhaps he always has to produce a bit more than the rest of the players and he's aware of that".

Praise for Modric
"It's not only Luka, they're all improving. Luka put in a magnificent performance today in terms of offering the side some balance. He played alongside Toni in the middle and did a sterling job defensively and when in possession, we know all about his quality".

The injured players and the Marcelo substitution
“Bale, Keylor Navas and Kovacic will train with the team on Thursday. Marcelo has just picked up a knock to his thigh. I wanted Theo to get some game time".