How we defeated Atletico Madrid – Zidane


Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has hailed his side for playing “a great game” in their 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid, in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The home side dominated the first half, but only scored once through Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, they took control of the tie, following Ronaldo’s brace in the second half.

“We played a great game,” Zidane said after the match.

“It is not easy to score three goals tonight. We played a fantastic first 30 minutes, had many chances for a second goal, but we did it in the second half.

“So we can be very happy with the game, the three goals, and above all to keep a clean sheet at home as that is so important in a two-legged tie. I don’t know if it is our best game, but it was a great performance.”

Zidane said his team’s biggest strength, was that they always looked to play football and were technically good.

“Our strength is we always try and play football, as we have very good players,” he said.

“And with patience we can do damage to any team. Our start, the first 30 minutes was fantastic, the intensity we put in, and technically we were very correct.

“Then we had five or 10 difficult minutes, but in the second half we were very effective, with few chances we scored two goals. Technically we interpreted the game very well.”