Real Madrid - PSG

Zidane: “This club has 12 European Cups and that means a lot”

NEWS | 14/02/2018

“We have the return leg still to play, we will have to play well with great intensity”, added the Real Madrid coach.
Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press at the Santiago Bernabéu following Real Madrid's win over PSG: “This has been a great night. We can be satisfied with how the game went. We played well from start till finish. We kept hold of the ball and pressed them well. It was a great result and we're happy”.

“We have to congratulate the team because it was their united front that got us the win. I think we deserved the win after the work we've done, all the preparations we've made. It was a case of great teamwork and once again they showed why they're all important. The fans were key too. They kept pushing from minute 1 to minute 90, even when we conceded that goal”.

The Champions League and Real Madrid
“This club has 12 European Cups and that means a lot. this is such a prominent competition and we want to prove time and time again that this club values this. We showed it for the full 90 minutes. We coped well, both with and without the ball. We defended well, with aggression and rhythm. The Champions League really has a place in this club's heart. We played 90 stunning minutes against a top rival. That's all that we're concerned with. We have to turn our attentions now to the return leg, that will be entirely different”.

Praise for Cristiano Ronaldo
“If we speak about Cristiano Ronaldo it is complicated, I always end up making the same point. You can never rule him out on big nights like these and tonight he showed that with two goals”.

We want to play a great game in Paris.

"I'm going to keep working and trying to get performances like tonight. The players have given everything and you have to be happy. The second leg is away, and we will have to have a great match and play with a lot of intensity. We look forward to putting in a big performance in Paris".

"He was looking to create superiority in the middle of the park and he has played phenomenally, not only with the ball, but without it in the second line. He covered at lot of ground and was key, especially at the beginning. In the end we changed the system because PSG could not play that way the whole game. We went for width with Lucas and Asensio, and Gareth up top, and it went well".

"I'm not talking about the referees. We have done well against a very good opponent that can cause you problems. Today we won an important game but the second leg is going to be very difficult. Away from home anything could happen. Today we are very proud of everyone".
Marcelo’s big performance
"He defended very well and attacked more than expected. The idea was for Nacho to stay and Marcelo to play higher. We’re happy with his performance and everyone else’s".