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Zidane: “The players kept going until the end and they got their reward”

NEWS | 26/09/2020

“It’s three vital points at a tough ground against a team who won their first two games”, said the coach.
Real Madrid claimed their first victory of the season at the Benito Villamarín stadium. At the end of the match, Zidane said: “In the end it was a very complicated, difficult game. The players have given their all. It’s three very important points for us at a complicated ground and against a team who have just won their first two games. We are happy. We know there is a long way to go and that we can and will improve”.

“We started very well for the first 15-20 minutes. Then after the goal, we relaxed a bit, it’s very tough. We’re better when we’re looking forward and really going after the game. They scored twice in quick succession and then we had a better second 45 minutes. The players kept believing until the end and that’s how we got the result”.

“That’s important, too. When you’re behind it’s difficult to change the dynamics of the game but we managed it today. It’s crucial to do that every once in a while. We had a lot of chances, and people we talk about how we don’t score enough but today we hit three and could have had more. I’m very proud of all the players, they’re working brilliantly. We have to keep it up”.


“The referee is there to review the action. I think that in the end it’s just what happened. He's in charge. I never get involved with the referees and I'm not going to get involved today. The most important thing for us is the game we played at a difficult ground. We can be happy with the work done, we had to work hard for it and we managed to take all three points, which is the most important thing”.

Courtois proves to be decisive
"Yes. Like many times lately. Real Sociedad also had a very good chance when he pulled off a fine save for us and he’s done it again today. We know what Thibaut can do and I’m also really pleased with his distribution from the back. I’m happy with his game and how things have gone for the team”.

Jović starts
“What I was looking for was to play in the opposition’s half with a different formation. We can play in different ways and one of them is with the two forwards. We can be happy with the game because in the end we got all three points”.

On possible new signings
“No. We spoke about this before. I’m happy with the squad that I’ve got. We are what we are and we’re going to try to have a successful season”.