ZZ: Never doubted Ronaldo or Benzema

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists he never doubted Cristiano Ronaldo or Karim Benzema after they got back among the goals against APOEL.

Benzema and Ronaldo had been facing calls to be dropped by Madrid after their lack of goals in recent weeks, but the pair teamed up to score four of Madrid’s six at APOEL on Tuesday and fire them into the Champions League last 16.

“I’m very happy – we scored six and kept a clean sheet,” the Coach said after the game, reports UEFA’s official website.

“We played a great game, and used our heads. I’m pleased for the lads because they’re working hard for all this and we know things will change. Now we need to continue like this.

“We know Ronaldo and Benzema are good players and that they were going to score sooner rather than later.

“In a season, you always have tough moments but we always thought they would improve.

“It was a good game for us. That Ronaldo and Benzema both scored twice makes us really happy.

“We’ve come away delighted, we did everything we wanted to do and we need to carry on like this. In the last three games, we’ve scored goals and kept clean sheets

“It’s a long season; we’re happy to continue improving and get through.”

Tags APOEL Cristiano Ronaldo Karim Benzema Zinedine Zidane