Zinedine Zidane must have dropped a heavy burden off her shoulders. After two consecutive defeats (0-1 against Cadiz, 2-3 against Donetsk), the manager of Real Madrid was already under a lot of pressure. After 3-1 in Clásico at FC Barcelona, the critics are (initially) silent.
„I don’t know if it was fair (the criticism, editor’s note) or not,” Zidane said: „What I can say is that I am proud of my team. We made it against a team that always gives you trouble. I’m glad to get three points here. We must enjoy it after all the remarks that have been made about us. We’re not here to silence people. We are here to do it our way and believe in what we do. That’s what we did.“ It was „the perfect game“. For Real, Fede met Valverde, Sergio Ramos per penalty and Luka Modric. In the meantime, Ansu Fati had equalised 1:1. Discussions and protests from the Barça side were about the penalty shot after video evidence in the 63rd minute after a foul to Captain Ramos – a tricky decision. For Zidane, the „crux“ of the game. „There is an arbitrator who has looked at the incident and imposed a penalty. I never talk about referees, and I’m not going to start today. Apart from that, we still deserve the victory.“ Ramos, who had only returned to the team from an injury, played
a major role in this. „We know what he represents and how positive he is for the team,” Zidane praised: „I am happy for him, but above all for the team.“ Real
has the next chance to prove himself as a team on Tuesday in the Champions League at Borussia Mönchengladbach.