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Zidane: “We performed very well and it’s a well-deserved victory”

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NEWS | 20/12/2020

"Eibar had their good moments and it was a great performance from both sides", said the coach.
Zinedine Zidane spoke in the press room at Ipurua after his team took the 3 points against Eibar to record their fifth consecutive victory. The coach said: "We played very well. Eibar also had their good moment. The team dug in at times and controlled the match well. We knew it’s a difficult place to come, but we controlled it from start to finish. It's a battle that won't stop, we're playing every three days and we have to carry on like this. We have to enjoy the performance we put in here and prepare for the next one. We knew that Eibar play a more direct way and we had to press them higher up and we did it quite well".
 
"Benzema is a match winner because what he's doing is on a different level, not just because of the goals. I always repeat myself saying the same thing about Karim. It's not only his goals, he's a focal point in our game, he's very important for us and when he scores, he scores it's even better, obviously, but he's very important for our team. We have to highlight everyone's performance. It was a great game today and it a great performance from both teams. It's a well-deserved victory".
 
Changes
"At the moment this is how we're playing. Will there be changes? Yes, there will be changes, for sure, because it's a very long and difficult season. We rotate a little less now, but the important thing is that the players are performing and everyone will play their part. We've not changed much in the last few matches, but at the moment that's the way it is, these things change and we've got to all keep working together".

BENZEMA IS A MATCH WINNER AND IS ON A DIFFERENT LEVEL.

“I’m not worried. This is football. The opposition always has good spells. The other day it was against Athletic, today it was Éibar. These teams never give up and there are times when we have to dig deep. We had to work for it, but we put on a controlled performance and that’s part of the game. We’re pleased with the win and we keep our good run going. Now we have to rest and start thinking about the next game.”

The referee
“I didn’t see the handball incident with Ramos. But the referee is the one who decides. He knows what he is doing and I’m not going to start talking about the referees. If he decided not to give a penalty it’s because he didn’t think it was a handball.”

On the upcoming games
“We are fully aware that all the games we are going to play will be difficult for many reasons. We have to be at 200% or even more in these games. We can’t drop our guard for even one minute, I’m totally sure of that. We have to think positively. I can’t start thinking they are against us. We have to follow our path and it’s going to be a fight until the end”.

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