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Zidane: “Patience and calmness, the key was to take the three points"

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NEWS | 30/09/2020

“We were better in the second half with the goal, pressing and winning the ball back higher up", he said after the win over Valladolid.
After beating Valladolid at the Alfredo Di Stéfano, Zidane answered questions from the press in the media room: "We played against a very strong side who defend well with two banks of four and we knew that would be the case beforehand, that we were going to have to work hard. It was a tough game for us but it's another three points. We're only just starting in LaLiga. It wasn't a brilliant display from us today, we have to accept that, but we need patience and calmness. The key thing today was to get the three points and we'll gradually start to improve things, I'm sure of that".

“We weren't on it in the first half in the way we were positioned and our movement, so we had to change things. That happens from time to time. We can't do things perfectly all the time and that's why all the lads are ready to play. When things don't work out we have to be prepared to change it and that's what we did. We were better in the second half, with the goal, pressing, winning the ball back higher up; that's what we had to change and we did so".

Vini Jr.
“I'm pleased for his goal and his performance. In general terms too, with Marco and Carva coming on. When we switch things up, it's to try and get something different and we succeeded in that with the substitutions".

Hazard
“I can't tell you how long it'll be. He picked up a bit of a knock in training before the game. It looked like a muscle spasm but in the end it turned out to be a bit more than that. It's something muscular. It's nothing to do with the injury he's had and these things happen. He's been out for a long time. I don't think this one will be long but I can't tell you exactly".

WE HAVE TO ENJOY IT BECAUSE WE WON TODAY AND THIS IS JUST GETTING STARTED.

"He's upset because he was all right. We talked about it at the press conference before the match, but he's had a set-back and these things can happen. He's not happy, he knows that it's not a big thing and we have to take it easy with him. It's a question of little time, I'm sure''. 

Clean sheet
"It's very important. We've had problems on the counterattack because they look to cause us problems too. From time to time they can attack you, the only thing to point out is that we lost the ball a lot and that's not usual. We have to enjoy it because in the end we won and the season has just begun. We're calm. The players have given everything. We know that we can improve and we're going to improve. We're not going to go over it anymore. The important thing is the three points".
 
Courtois
"It's true that he saved us. The other day and tonight. Thibaut is there for that. He's our goalkeeper and today we played well against a very good side and when you take risks and press high, from time to time your opponent can have a counterattack".

Jović's departure 
"I can't confirm anything. I said that up to the 5th, anything can happen. Jović plays for this team. I'm the coach and I decide the line-ups, and that's it. I'm not going to say anything else. Until the 5th we will see. I can't tell you anything about what will happen. Anything can happen. At the moment he's here, he plays for this team and this is all I can tell you. He played today and that's it".

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