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Zidane: “We're getting better every day"

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NEWS | 23/11/2019 | Javier Vázquez | PHOTOGRAPHER: Víctor Carretero

"We always need our fans' backing because they give us that boost", declared the Whites' boss.
Zinedine Zidane spoke to the media following Real Madrid's win over Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabéu. The coach was clearly pleased with his side's win: “We started the game poorly. I don't mean the goal, because these things happen, but in the way we were moving the ball. We were sluggish and struggled to get into the game. Then we scored at the end of the first half. In the second period we started strongly, pressing very high. It was winning the ball back which led to the second goal and we can be very pleased because we played against a great side who are high up the table and have quality players”.

“We're getting better every day. We can and must keep improving. That's what we try and do every time we play. We've got a game on Tuesday and we go into it on great form”.

“It's the progress we expect the player to make, and the same goes for the team. Not just in this game, we've been getting better for 5 or 6 matches now and Hazard will keep improving too, I'm convinced, he looks good to me”.

“I don't know if he's the best in LaLiga, because everyone will have their opinions. He does a brilliant job, I'm thrilled for him because he's becoming more important to this team all the time and I hope he carries on like this”.

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“We're in better shape. We had a tough game in Paris, but that's in the past and Tuesday isn't about revenge. What we want to do, is to put on a good display, prepare the game well and we have to rest up after today, it was tough. All we want is to play a good match and as of tomorrow we'll be getting ready properly for Tuesday's game”.

We can be pleased because we played against a great team who are high up the table.

"What we want is for our fans to be with us from start to finish, but we have no control over that. The fans can do as they please, but let's not focus on the jeers. [Gareth] Bale came on and did very well, he had a good 20 minutes, but let's focus on the win and the three points".

"I congratulated Bale on his performance, as I did all of the players. I haven't spoken to him about the jeers. It's something that has happened to the best players in the past and today it's Bale's turn. He came on and did very well and, at the end of the day, we need our fans to get behind us. That's all there is to say. It won't affect things because it's something that's always happened and it'll happen to many of them. What we've got to do is keep working hard and delivering on the pitch, because what the fans want to see is that their team keep on winning".

"I can't say whether it's unfair or not. Everyone's entitled to their opinion and has to make a decision about what they say on it. The important thing in this is us and what we need. As I said yesterday, we need our fans, I can't control things, nor can Bale or anybody else. We always need our fans' backing because they give us that boost. I spoke about that ahead of the game. There's lots of talking that goes on, too much. All he wants is to be part of things and he was tonight, but there's no need to be talking about it so much. What I can say is that he's integrated within the group, wants to play and we're going to carry on without letting this affect us".