The Real Madrid coach Zinedine zidane praised the seriousness of his team after Wednesday evening’s 7-1 Copa Del Rey last-32, their first-leg comprehensive win at Cultural Leonesa.
The star attackers of the team Christiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were at rest but Zidane built a strong team of XI including 10 senior internationals. They knocked off their opponents easily who still needs to visit the Barnebeu for the second leg on 30th November.
The team started off awefully with an own-goal by Gianni Zuiverloon. It was a bad start for the club owned by Qatar’s Aspire academy with Marco Asensio, Morata, Diaz and Nacho on the scoresheet.
In the post-game conference, the Madrid coach said that he was very happy with the team’s performance. It began with high intensity and a complete performance was delivered. He stated that he was very happy with the way his team performed with full intensity and seriousness. It was important for them to get serious about their game as well as to respect their opponents.
Zidane said that the team is dedicated and plays good football although there is a difference in quality which is pretty normal. He was impressed with their performance even though La Cultural scored.
The two youngsters of the Team Arsenio and Morata are now the top scorer’s of Real Madrid with six goals each even though they have got a very limited playing time. The combined total of the two equals to the goals achieved by the superstars Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale together as three of them have a score of three in all the previous matches in the competition.
Zidane is happy with his team’s performance and the way they have shown that they can perform well when called upon. There are players who will play less and players who will play more. Zidane is overwhelmed to see his players adapt with the changes and it was reflected in their performance. He mentioned that it is difficult for the players to be at their best everyday as they have matches in every three days but his responsibility as a coach is to motivate them to compete throughout the matches. He is happy with the response from his team members even though they have not won anything and there is a lot more to go for the team such as Copa, Liga and Champions League.
Reserve centre-back Nacho was the one to score the goal of the evening. It was a flying volley from 15 yards from James Rodriguez’s corner.
It was an astounding goal and he deserved it. He is very serious during the training sessions and dedicated towards his goal.
The only big star who played for the complete 90 minutes was Tony Kroos. He was there without any rest due to injuries to the other midfielders Casemiro and Luka Modric.
Kroos had to take that position due to the injury of other mid-fielders. Zidane asked him to take rest during the match but he denied. He wanted to play the complete match as it was a pretty normal one for him.