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Zidane: "We put in a good performance but weren't clinical enough"

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NEWS | 20/09/2020

"It's our first game of the LaLiga season and we'll gradually get better", declared the coach.
In the aftermath of the side's first competitive outing of the season, Zinedine Zidane addressed the media in an online press conference from the media room at the Reale Arena, where he reflected on the encounter in the following terms: "We're pleased with our performance. In general, we did well. The only thing missing was the goal and a bit of a killer instinct up top, particularly when the chances came our way. We played well in the opening 40 minutes and we failed to create openings in the second half, but, overall, we can be happy with our efforts".

"We always go out to win, so in that sense, it's a bit of a case of two points dropped, but ultimately we struggled to fashion chances, particularly in the second half. In the first half, we had three openings and lacked that killer instinct".

Substitutions
"We didn't change the system. It's tough because you can bring your striker off, but if you put two strikers on that changes the system and I didn't want to do that. We had to bring players on in wide areas and that's what we did. We bossed things early on. We had two or three chances and I don't think our fitness was an issue. Casemiro didn't start the game, it was a one-off thing and that's all there is to it".

WE'RE GOING TO WORK TO IMPROVE IN THE FINAL THIRD.

Defensively we haven't given anything away and that's important. Building on that, we looked for a way through at the top of the pitch, but there was no way through. We know that we have to improve in that area. We know that the players that we have know how to defend and everyone has done well in that respect tonight. In the end, this is what we have to work on, when we defend well, it’s because of all the players. We're going to look to do things better in attack now".

Odegaard
"I'm happy that he made his full debut and so is he. Step by step. He hardly has any discomfort in his knee, which is the most important thing. It's our first match, we've had three weeks to get ready for this LaLiga campaign, we've only played one friendly match and bit by bit we're going to get better. We were unable to get the goal, but this is something that we can work on".

Jović
"We have a squad and it's true that I have to choose the players. This is what I went with today. We're going to focus on the next game, but I don't have anything against any player. As I said before, I didn't want to change the plan and Karim had to play and I didn't want to take him off because he was playing well".

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