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Zidane: “Rodrygo is happy, his game is a real joy to watch”

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NEWS | 06/11/2019 | Javier Vázquez

“We had a well-rounded game, kept a clean sheet and respected our rival until the end”, said the coach.
Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press at the Bernabéu after the team beat Galatasaray in match day 4 of the Champions League. The coach praised Rodrygo: “He is only eighteen years old. We are so pleased with him. When he gets a chance to play he always does well, he did that tonight in every sense. He works hard and does a lot of things. We need to have patience and not pressure him. I am not surprised whatsoever, he is very talented. Perhaps we can be surprised by the three goals. He is happy, his game is a real joy to watch”.

“Logically we can be happy with the 6 goals today, but we also kept a clean sheet tonight, defending and respecting our rivals until the end because sometimes when you are 4 goals up at half time you can relax, but we didn't. Whenever we lost the ball we pressed hard and that led to us having a well-rounded game”.

“His numbers speak volumes, anyone who loves football sees the quality he has. We have spoken a lot recently about his goals but he is an important player for the team because of his link up play. He hasn't changed from when he played with Cristiano, he is just more mature now, he is a father, a lot has happened in his life and that is shown on the pitch”.

Rodrygo and Butragueño
Rodrygo is a top-quality player and he came here to do what he is doing. This is only the start, I really hope he can continue to do this well. We need to be calm with and not pressure him too much. I saw Butragueño play later on, not at the age of 18. We all know about the career Butragueño had at Madrid and I have seen him speak about Rodrygo. Everyone knows he is a player for the future. I hope he keeps on as is he is doing and can have a career like Butragueño did at Real Madrid”.


"To highlight something, his intelligence, he learns very quickly, he wants to improve and then he has it all. Technically he's very good, when you also have the physicality, which he still has to improve, he does what he does on the field. He's smart, because he also takes a break in his game when the team needs him, but technically he knows how to do everything with the ball".

Valverde and Marcelo
"We know that Fede has quality and we had to give him the chance to play more and now he's proving it. What I liked was that when he plays he does it well and, in the end, when we take off Casemiro, he does very well defensively, because normally he plays further forward, and he's stayed in that position and has done it perfectly for the team.  I hope Marcelo's problem is nothing serious, that's what he said. We'll see what the doctors says tomorrow".

Kroos' good form
"I emphasize his quality, because he has it above all with the ball. He's a player who never loses the ball and gives us fluidity in our play, but also when he plays with Modric and Isco. We're happy with his level because he's important and he's doing well. This is a team and today in general everyone has put in their best performance".

James, called up for Colombia
"We'll see. It was this match today and we'll see how the two will be for this weekend. It doesn't surprise me that James and Bale have been called up, then we'll see what's going to happen and if they're going to play there or not".