Zidane: We needed to make a statement


Precisely in the venue of his first LaLiga mishap as Real Madrid coach in January, Zinedine Zidane celebrated as his players were able to handily defeat Betis 6-1 at Estadio Benito Villamarin.Even if the international break may have appeared to diminish the urgency and need for a strong performance, Los Blancos were in mediocre form, some even beginning to question how well the team were playing as a group.

“Im utterly satisfied because we needed to make a statement after drawing four straight matches,” Zidane said at his post-match press conference. “Real Madrid needed a high intensity performance because there are no weak sides in LaLiga. “It is not easy to react for our opponents when we start a match as strongly as we did.

“Now our goal is to continue to play at this level.”Later this season we should look back at this match and feel proud of our display, playing at this level on the road is not easy.”Not only was it a good collective showing, the 1998 World Cup winner was also happy with Isco Alarcon’s self-vindicating performance.”He did a magnificent job aside from his two goals,” the French boss said.

Regarding the current skid, the Frenchman insisted it should not be repeated provided that they start matches with more intensity.”I hope we do not have to go through such a bad stretch of results since I have good and smart players at my disposal that are aware that our rivals will suffer if we play at our best.”When asked about the other LaLiga contenders, the second year boss said he was not particularly interested in their games, instead choosing to focus on what his squad need to improve on.”It isn’t worth paying attention to what other teams do,” Zidane mentioned.Lastly, the coach lauded those who participated in the brilliant counter attack that ended up being the fourth goal of the evening.”Anybody who likes football should go ahead and re-watch how quick and smooth the fourth goal was,” he concluded.”I know I will.”


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