Real Madrid played their league credit at Sánchez Pizjuán and achieved a victory that calmed the atmosphere in the club to attack the Champions League with the faith of victory, the necessary to qualify on Wednesday and go to the knockout stages of the Champions League. Zidane bet against Sevilla with a purely starting eleven. They played in the current champion: Courteous; Lucas, Varane, Nacho, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema and Vinicius. Asensio replaced Rodrygo at game time. The Frenchman made no further changes, he only used twelve men.
Zidane analyzed the achievement of these three points, which are very important: «It is a very important victory. Our first half was very good and we had opportunities to score. Then we have suffered, but it is also important to know how to suffer. I am very happy for the boys, because these last days have not been easy. We have shown character. These are three very important points. We know that when we lose there will be criticism and we must have regularity.
He spoke of the difficulty of the goal: «We have created occasions in the first half, you have to be calm, do what we did today, interpret the games well, suffer and trust in what we do ».
He spoke of the relevance of the defensive concept: «In defense they worked very well all, helping each other, it was known that in the counterattack we could hurt and that’s how Vinicius’s goal came. We already had those occasions in the first half that they did not enter. He was a difficult opponent, in his field, and I am happy for my men.
He highlighted the collective sacrifice: «The team has been very safe and helped each other. When you don’t have the ball it is important to defend and be together. So we can do great things. We had a great game. A important victory. The last few days have been complicated. It is a team that always wants challenges. I only made one change because I saw the team well. You have to enjoy and be happy about this triumph.
Vinicius, scorer of the goal, valued the 0-1: «This victory it gives us the confidence we need for Wednesday. He explained the action that defined the victory: «We trained enough to make the play for the goal, with Karim and on the left. we played a lot today on the left », his band. He spoke of his role in the starting team: «He gave me the title and I ran as if it were the last game. And I have enjoyed. We didn’t stop, we had to win, get the good feeling for the Champions League game. We have been focused to make a game like today. This is the confidence we need to go out on Wednesday full and win. “