Real Madrid - Juventus

Zidane: "We knew we'd have to dig in but we deserved to go through"

NEWS | 11/04/2018 | Javier García

"We had the chances to have scored more goals, particularly in the first half", declared the Whites' coach.
Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press gathered in the Santiago Bernabéu media room in the aftermath of the Juventus game, which saw Real Madrid progress into the Champions League semi-finals: “It wasn’t a strange game, but we didn’t expect to concede in the first minute. When that happens, heads drops and the opposition gain in confidence. They approached the game in the right way and we didn’t. We had problems controlling the game”.
“I knew we would be up against it, but I didn't expect what happened in the first minute. We knew that we'd have to dig in against a side that put in a great performance and that press high up the pitch. I didn’t see us going out because I’m a positive person. I told my players we were going to be troubled, that it would be tricky”.
The Cristiano penalty
“It was a penalty, they've told me it was a penalty. I didn’t see it. The ref awarded it and we can’t change that, but I think it was a penalty. Cristiano is used to these situations. He doesn’t feel pressure. He scored the penalty and we got the win”.

“There is nothing left to say. We’re in the semi-finals and we’re happy with that. They played well but we were just average, the difference is we kept believing until the end. We deserved to go through to the semi-finals over the course of the tie and we can be pleased with that”.

The tie
"They would have been expected to score in the first leg but they didn't. We had the chances to have scored more goals tonight. That's just the way it goes in football. The Champions League is the top competition and never can you go into games saying that you're going to win because look at what ends up happening to you".


"We had the chances to have scored more goals, particularly in the first half. We always believe that we're going to score because we've got players that are capable of scoring at any time".
Changes at the break
"We had to change something. I wasn't pleased with our set-up. It wasn't meant as a way of punishing Gareth (Bale) or Casemiro. We changed the way we played by introducing (Marco) Asensio and Lucas, who give us a lot of energy and we had to make the change".

Keylor Navas
"We mustn't point the finger at anyone. The goal was everyone's fault and we're all in this together".

Guardiola's comments
"I'm not going to respond to them. It was from last year and we progressed and went on to win the Champions League. The referees have a difficult job to do and we shouldn't comment on the refereeing. I've had opportunities to criticise them and I never do so. Tonight's was a penalty and we've got through".

Buffon's dismissal
"I don't think that he deserves to go out in this way, but there's no going back on it now. What happened at the end of the game won't change or take anything away from what he has done in the game. He's a magnificent player and this perhaps wasn't his last Champions League appearance".