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Zidane: "I'm going to focus on the five goals we scored"

NEWS | 18/02/2018 | Javier García (Seville) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Ángel Martínez

“We had a chat at half-time and we performed much better in the second half”, revealed the coach.
Zinedine Zidane took to the media room at the Benito Villamarín following Real Madrid's win over Betis and had the following to say about his side's triumph: "It was a real end-to-end affair, a bit of a frantic game, but I enjoyed it. That scoreline shows that our opponents, who are on great form, played very well and dominated proceedings for some spells. I'm not going to focus on the three goals we've conceded, but rather the five we've scored".

"I recognise what a good performance it was from Asensio, his two goals and his overall contribution, but, as always, it's a team effort. We got off to a very good start, then I don't know quite what happened. We dropped deeper and the whole complexion of the game changed. After the break, we did the total oppositite: we produce a stunning second-half performance and I'm happy with how all of them performed out there. You've got to recognise the job that Marco did and the same goes for Lucas Vázquez, who performed very well on the other flank".

Performances from Lucas and Asensio
"It's not a case of them deserving more opportunities from now on, they've always been deserving of more. Whenever they do play and have to do the ugly side of the game, they do it and show real character. They're doing very well. When you consider that we were up against opposition that can cause you problems in wide areas and bearing in mind how we set up, the pair of them did a really good job".

It was a real end-to-end affair and a bit of a frantic game, but I enjoyed it. 

"These things stay in the dressing room. I did speak to the players and we performed much better in the second half. They wanted to do more as well, they knew things had to change because we were not playing at all well in the closing stages of the first half”.

Marcelo’s injury
"I hope it’s nothing serious, we’ll have to assess it tomorrow. He told me he feels like it’s just a knock, but we’ll have to wait and see".

“He’s looking good and we’re thrilled to see him scoring and chasing things down up top. We’re heading into the business end of the season and every game is vital. To see all the players looking so sharp is fantastic and I’m very pleased”.