Zinedine Zidane insists Real Madrid’s 3-1 win against Napoli “is not enough to confirm our progression” into the Champions League quarter-finals.
Goals from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Casemiro on Wednesday handed Madrid the initiative in their last-16 tie with Napoli, who had taken an early lead through Lorenzo Insigne’s audacious finish.
“Napoli’s goal? That’s the way football is, you can play like we did from the beginning, with intensity, and [the other team] go and score against you,” the Coach said after the game.
“It’s a bit messed up, but we equalised right away and got ourselves in the game.
“It’s a fair result, but it’s not enough [for the quarter-finals]. It’s a good result but not one that confirms our progression.
“James? He’s our player and that’s why I put him in. He’s done very well. He gave us a lot of calmness on the ball, especially in the first half, as did everyone.
“Benzema? He showed he had character and that in critical moments, he could respond in the best way, scoring, although I’d have liked him to score another because he had chances to do so.
“Ramos: He had a knock from the beginning and I also took him off because of his yellow card.”