Zinedine Zidane full of praise of his Real Madrid squad following their victory over Sevilla.
Zinedine Zidane has named Real Madrid ‘s 1-0 victory over Sevilla as the team’s greatest performance since his return to the Bernabeu in order to continue his second spell as the Los Blancos coach in March.
Madrid manager Zidane had come in for rising inspection after the 3-0 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday at the Parc des Princes, but Karim Benzema’s second-half header against Sevilla suggested they reverted to winning forms in LaLiga.
Sevilla had conquered the previous four LaLiga meetings between the two in Andalusia, but they were inadequate to summon a single shot on target, with Madrid boosted by captain Sergio Ramos arrival in their defence.
He said: “Firstly, I’m happy, we put in a great display for 90 minutes at a tough ground.
“I have to congratulate all my players.
“It’s a collective win and I’m happy for everyone.
“It’s the game that has satisfied me the most since I returned.
“Everyone on the pitch helped out.
“We had difficult moments, but there was noticeable solidarity in these moments.
“You have to play well for the full 90 minutes at a place like this.”
Karim Benzema ‘s 64th-minute header acquired the Los Blancos all three points away from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium and the coach was excited with a response to the midweek hindrance.
Benzema is now the joint-top scorer in LaLiga Santander with five goals and proved to be Real Madrid ‘s matchwinner again.
He said: “He’s given us the win again, but all the players [were important],
“We defend well and we read the game very well tactically.”
The likes of Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez all embedded a bunch of effort within the defensive duties.
“We know that we can create chances, but everyone’s defensive work has been the key to winning,”
“Those three, in particular, did a lot of defending.
“In a difficult match like today, everyone has to do it.”
Zidane was facing a lot of pressure after a lukewarm start to LaLiga and a horrible commencement to the Champions League. Nevertheless, it’s unimaginable how much a win can transform perspectives, and the Frenchman spoke after the 0-1 triumph over Sevilla on Sunday night, obviously satisfied.
When asked about Benzema’s participation Zidane was full of adoration.
“I’m very happy about his goal. We know what Karim is capable of. He provided us with the victory but it was along with all the players on the field. We defended very well and we read the game very well tactically.
“It’s important when you’re able to control an opponent as difficult as today’s.”
The victory sees Real Madrid go onto the equivalent points as Athletic Club at the top of LaLiga standing, only behind the Basque side on goal separation, and the coach.
Sergio Ramos said Real Madrid were “hungry and angry to win” on Sunday.
Ramos, who missed the PSG defeat because of suspension, insisted Madrid’s hunger for success cannot be examined.
He said: “We have achieved the goal and managed to be calm for a week, after what has been said,”
“Madrid is always hungry and angry to win. The team is always very optimistic. The team’s getting better.
“We are tied with Athletic on the table and we have to keep trying to improve as a team and above all take advantage of the occasions like today.”
He added: “We knew the difficulty of the game.
“It had been years since the team [Sevilla] did not win here. We have come with a very strong mentality, with the intention of committing the minimum possible errors.”