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Zidane: "It's a deserved win"

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NEWS | 21/06/2020 | PHOTOGRAPHER: Antonio Villalba (San Sebastián)

"We have to keep doing what we've been doing so far, very focused and with a lot of desire", said the coach.
Zinedine Zidane spoke at a virtual press conference at the Reale Arena after Real Madrid moved to the top of LaLiga. The coach assessed the match against Real Sociedad: "Its very satisfying. It's a difficult place to come, a tough opponent, they made it difficult for us. The match wasn't easy, we held on from the beginning and I think we deserved the win. I don't know what else to say. We deserved to win and that doesn't change the situation. We know, that LaLiga is going to be decided at the end and we have to continue as we have been doing untill now, very focused and with a lot of desire".
 "What annoys me is that at the end we only talk about one thing, the referees. There is a team here, there are games that we have been playing since the beginning of the season and it seems that we are here and we haven't done anything on the pitch. We can't control the controversy and what they are saying. What I can tell you is that we won on the pitch and today we got a deserved win. As for the rest, everyone can say what they want".
"It doesn't change much, in a normal season we have a lot of games at the same time, there are players who play 60-70 games and now we play every three days, even two. The good thing is that we are all involved, involved in what we are doing well, but it doesn't change anything. It's a very good win because it's a difficult place to come, but it doesn't change anything in what we want to do. There are eight matches left and this will go all the way to the end".

Sergio Ramos is the best defender in the world. His personality means he always strives for more and that's what he instils.

"We haven't achieved anything yet. Whilst it's true that we have got the three wins and nine points, we know that it'll be really tough until the end of the season because there are some really good sides in LaLiga and we have to keep going. We're on a good run, the players are responding well in fitness and technical terms, we're always looking for more and you've got to say that we looked like we wanted to win the game right from the off".

Ramos's record & injury
"For me, he's the best defender in the world. There are many really good defenders, but what he's achieved for many years now is impressive. Knowing him as I do, because I've played with him, his personality means that he always strives for more and that's what he instils in the team and the club. That's a real bonus. He's in a lot of pain after the knock he took, but I think it's just a knock and nothing more serious. That's the good news".

"I didn't see it. As always, they've told me about it but I haven't seen it. It was a penalty on Vinicius Jr. for our first goal. Karim's goal was down to the referee, but, as always, I'm not going to get involved about whether it went in our favour or against us. There's a referee there who does his job and we're just focused on what we did out there tonight because it was a deserved win and that's the most important thing for us. I'd prefer to talk about football and the game itself. As for all the rest, I've got nothing else to say, I can't tell you anything else".

Disallowed goal
"I'm nobody to talk about it. I'm the coach, not the referee. The referee is the one who has a job to do. He watched the replay, he saw that Merino was offside and was obstructing Courtois and he gave the foul. That's all there is to it".