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Zidane: “I'm not surprised by what Benzema does"

NEWS | 21/04/2019 | Javier Vázquez | PHOTOGRAPHER: Víctor Carretero

"We put in a great performance and we read the game very well, keeping a clean sheet", said the coach.
Zinedine Zidane spoke in the press room at the Santiago Bernabéu after the win against Athletic. The coach said: "The feeling are very good. We put in a great performance in the first and the second half, we played better in the second, but in the first we started with pace and were only missing the goals. I’m happy with the attitude, because the good thing today was that we read the match very well today".
"It's always important and that's why I said that we should also be happy with the first half. When you put the first goal in in football, everything changes. Then we got two more, we only gave them one chance, after the cross for Williams".
"We played very well and kept a clean sheet, we made a difference with the ball, but firstly we had to defend. We were very focussed in every aspect where the opponent could have caused us problems, we were very focused and with the quality of the players we have, they showed what they can do, I don’t  know if it's the best match, but the important thing is to win".
"For me it's not going to change anything, I know the player he is and his teammates too, and what he can contribute to the team. What he is doing in terms of goals is impressive and I’m happy for him. They have confidence in him, he knows that things can always be done better, and he always wants to improve. In the first goal we were helped by Marco's (Asensio) cross and the recovery by Vallejo, who had a great game. It was a great move. I'm not surprised by what Karim does".

What Benzema is doing in terms of goals is impressive and I’m happy for him.

"I don't know whether he's the best No.9 in the world because there are a lot of good players out there, but when you look at what he's done over the course of these 10 years here… I don't know whether he's two goals away from his most prolific season. It means a great deal. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about who's the best. In my view, he's the best, but everyone can have their own opinion. With eight goals in a row, he's the best player around right now".

"He's a good player. I knew about him before and what I like about Brahim is that when he picks the ball up, h heads for goal. He likes to get on the ball and link up with other. It's a shame that he didn't score the chance he had, I would have like to see him score. It's a shame because he was only out there for 10 or 12 minutes".

Whistles for Bale
"He had a chance to score and I feel sorry for him because I would have liked to seen Bale score. I'm not going to get involved in those things. You're free to ask the question, but I'm allowed to answer what I like".