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Zidane: "You sleep better after a win"

NEWS | 10/07/2020

"Courtois has a huge influence. He’s our goalkeeper and he’s doing a phenomenal job in every game", declared the coach.
Zinedine Zidane addressed the media from the Alfredo Di Stéfano media room following the team's eighth straight victory, which keeps Madrid top of the pile with three games remaining. The boss reflected on the game in the following terms: "We're here to try and achieve it. Everything's looking good, but we know the challenges there are in this league. There are three games to go and we don't know what's going to happen yet. I've always said that LaLiga is really hard and tough work and that's what we have to do. We've now got three cup finals left and we now have to rest up well because we play again on Monday. But you sleep better after a win".

"Of course we're pleased with Mendy's first season. He's up to the job and that's good news. He's come here to show what he can do, he's doing just that and we're really pleased with his performances. We've got to keep going, we've got three games left and we're going to have to see how we handle it all, and in particular, the fact that we've got few days between these three games".

"He was able to stay out there because it was just a knock. He was a bit dizzy at the break, but he was fine in the second half. We'll have to see. We now have to rest up. I don't think it's anything major. He didn't complain about anything, just a bit of fatigue, just like the rest of them. We'll have to see what sort of shape we're in on Monday".

There are three games to go and we don't yet know what's going to happen in LaLiga.

“I’m not concerned because the most important thing is winning games. Defensively it’s about not conceding goals, which is exactly what we’re doing, and then we have players who can make the difference. We didn’t score four or five goals today but we were up against opposition who defend and fight hard. We got another goal through a beautiful piece of play and I’m happy and calm about what we’re doing”.

“He has a huge influence. He’s our goalkeeper and he’s doing a phenomenal job in every game. It’s up to everyone to defend but Thibaut has kept out another two or three decent chances for the opposition today and those saves really helped us out. Then it’s about the solidity of the team as a whole, we have to keep it up”. 

Goals from the spot
“If it’s a penalty, it’s a penalty. I look at the play and ultimately, it was a great move. The way Ferland joins the attack is crucial. I couldn’t care less about the rest of it, the important thing is to keep scoring goals however we can”.