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Zidane: "The team showed its character"


NEWS | 27/10/2020

"When you're 2-0 down in the Champions League it's really tough to get yourself back in the game and we did that", stated the coach.
Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press gathered in the media room at Borussia-Park in the aftermath of Real Madrid's second match of this season's Champions League campaign. The boss reflected on the encounter in the following terms: "We had to show all of our discipline and believe that we could get ourselves back into the game. That shows the team's character and that if we perform like that we're going to achieve big things, I'm sure of that".
"We lacked a cutting edge. We didn't score first, but that's the way it went. We gave the ball away, they're strong on the counter and in the first move they put one in the top corner. That's football for you, these things happen. What I'm interested in is the reaction and it's really tough to get yourselves back in the game at 2-0 down in the Champions League and that's what we did. I'm relaxed after seeing the team perform like that and we're going to do something special, I'm sure".

Progress from group
"We'll be doing all we can to progress, as we always do. We always want to win our games. I'm happy because my players gave their all. There are no easy games nowadays. We've got to keep focusing on ourselves and if we play like this we'll do big things. I'm certain we're going to progress from the group, of course I am".

"It was his first game after a long time out. That was the plan to gradually try and get him playing and that's what we've got to do with Eden. He needs to be involved gradually and that's all there is to it. How we're going to do that will depend on the games. Given that we're playing every three days we'll have to see how we're going to do it".

If we perform like that, we'll achieve big things, I'm sure of that.

“It’s a deserved result but we could have won it because we do all we can do win games but there was a team up the other end who made it difficult for us. We didn’t panic, we kept opening the pitch up and we showed real character to come back. That’s what I’ll be taking away from this because being 2-0 down in the Champions League and getting a point is a great result. If we keep playing like we did tonight we’ll achieve great things and win games”.

“He performed very well, he was crucial, dynamic. He’s always a danger when he moves with the ball, we know the qualities Marco possesses but I think everyone played very well, the guys who started and those who came on. He just picked up a knock, it’s nothing to worry about”.

“The most important thing for us is to keep working. All I can tell you is I’m very happy with my team. You have to focus on doing your jobs and we’ll focus on ours. You can ask and I’ll always give you the same answer because nothing is going to change.