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Saturday September 23 2017
Zidane: Madrid not brilliant, but...

Zinedine Zidane insists Real Madrid “will play much better” after their 2-1 win at Alaves on Saturday but admits “it’s not a brilliant time for us.”

Madrid returned to winning ways at Alaves but missed a host of chances, while the Basques hit the woodwork twice, prompting Zidane to express his relief with the three points.

“We know that it’s difficult wherever we go, Alaves needed the points and were bottom. They had a good game,” the Coach said after the game.

“I’m satisfied and so can everyone because we got what we wanted, the three points.

“I won’t single anything out in particular, but we got the three points and we’ll have much better days, especially in terms of our performance, but you have to congratulate the players.

“Playing every three days ultimately requires a big effort, so we can be happy.

“Ceballos? I’m happy for the player, he’s ready to play. He did very well, and both of his goals make me happy.

“The goals aside, he did very well, played very well and I’m happy for him because he’s a lad who wants to learn, and he’ll get more chances. We got the three points thanks to him.

“I’m happy for Dani, he’s done well. He had a great game and showed that he was worthy of being here.

“Lack of goals? Two goals aren’t many for all the chances we had, but the important thing was to win.

“Away from home? We like playing at the Bernabeu, although it’s true that we want to change our dynamic because our three draws weren’t normal.

“Carvajal? There are many games for him, but now we have to remember that we have a lot of injuries and can’t make many changes.

“We can rotate, but not five, six or seven players. Ronaldo? When he doesn’t score, you ask about him, but he’s calm.

“He wants to score and had chances to do so. Ultimately, like always, he’ll make the difference.

“His position? He likes his position and we can play in different formations. He was our only striker against Alaves, but we can change things on Tuesday.

“Second half? We could’ve not won the game, but that’s football. For us, to leave here with two goals is very slight.

“There has to be patience. It’s not a brilliant time for us, but we have to accept it. I’m certain that we’ll have a better performance next time.”

Football Italia website