Benitez: Madrid were exceptional

Rafa Benitez hailed Real Madrid’s performance during Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League as “exceptional”.

Los Blancos extended their unbeaten start to the season and closed in on the knockout stages with a clean sheet in the French capital, prompting praise from their Coach.

“I was confident [before the game] that the team were going to do very well because I see them work every day and they tried to win the game,” he said after the game.

“We had more chances and control [than PSG] and should be pleased with ourselves, given the casualties we had.

“The team went forward when they needed to and defended when they needed to. Despite the injuries, we saw a great Real Madrid performance.

“It’s hard to say [if it was the best performance of his reigh] because we’ve had other good games.

“We played 90 minutes of high intensity, rhythm, with or without the ball, and things we’d been doing in training.

“You can always tell when a quality player like Benzema is absent, but I can only praise those who played [on Wednesday].

“Our attackers were aggressive, incisive and worked hard in midfield, yet Jese [Rodriguez], Isco and Lucas [Vazquez] still posed problems going forward. Our balance was exceptional.

“We did enough to win the game. The team didn’t have ​​a good match but an exceptional one.”

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