Zidane: Real Madrid’s players needed a match like that
With Real Madrid’s domestic season having slipped to some low depths in recent matches, Zinedine Zidane was pleased for his players to have finally bagged a big win like the one seen in Sunday’s 7-1 victory over Deportivo La Coruna .
The Galician side took the lead at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu however the hosts quickly regained their composure and were dragged to a heavy victory by the goalscoring exploits of Gareth Bale.
“The players needed a game like this,” Zidane explained in his post-match press conference.
“I don’t know if the team has changed too much, the result though is very heavy, that’s the difference.
“We played well against Villarreal and we did today, even at 1-0 down, I’m happy today.”
With senior members of the attacking unit back fit, the French coach was able to switch to a 4-3-3 formation although he believes the attitude his team showed was more important.
“As always, we can play in many different ways, today it has been like that and it worked for us,” he intimated.
“We have changed system many times this year, but the most important thing is our attitude.
“I don’t know how long it’s been since we scored so many goals at the Bernabeu, I’m happy for everyone.”
Gareth Bale’s injury problems have kept the Welsh international out for much of the campaign, his contribution on Sunday was fantastic and it showed just how much he has been missed, something the former Juventus midfielder noticed.
“I want to have all my players fit, we still are missing players,” Zidane admitted. “This is football, sometimes there are players who are injured.
“I’m happy for Gareth because he should now be able to play regularly and find consistency.”
With the visitors taking the lead, it was expected that Los Blancos could fold again, such has been the pressure on the team of late, however Zidane’s charges showed resilience and bounced back in spectacular fashion, something which the coach believes shows the value of taking chances.
“It was a good reaction, then with two goals we could start to play as we wanted,” he confirmed.
“We weren’t playing too freely in the last matches, especially at home. Today we saw what can change when we have taken our chances.”