Real Madrid: Zidane: This was Real Madrid’s best match since my return
Real Madrid Pleased with the performance
Karim Benzema‘s 64th minute header saw Los Blancos take all three points away from the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and the coach was thrilled with the response to the midweek setback.
“Firstly, I’m happy,” he said.
“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 a noticeable solidarity in these moments.
“You have to play well for the full 90 minutes at a place like this.”
Benzema is now the joint-top scorer in LaLiga Santander with five goals and proved to be Real Madrid‘s matchwinner again.
“He’s given us the win again, but all the players [were important],” Zidane said.
“We defended well and we read the game very well tactically.”
The likes of Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez all put a lot of effort into their defensive duties.
“We know that we can create chances, but everyone’s defensive work has been the key to winning,” Zidane said.
“Those three in particular did a lot of defending.
“In a difficult match like today, everyone has to do it.”