Real Madrid achieved an important agonizing victory this Saturday against Elche by 2-1 with a double from Karim Benzema (73 ’and 91’). Zinedine Zidane's team got within six points of the leader Atlético de Madrid who drew 0-0 against Getafe on this date. The French coach said he was happy for the victory but, with laughter, he regretted one aspect of the team: "I like the character of the team, but I would like to score the goals first".
Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press after the important victory of his team against Elche on matchday 27 of LaLiga. His team is positioned as a temporary guard awaiting the Barcelona game on Monday. Zidane appreciated the victory saying that it was “a very difficult game, but we have won and we continue in the fight. The rivals get back here and it is very difficult to score. We are the ones who must find the gaps and the solutions”.
Despite this, the coach regretted having to suffer until the end in more than one game and having to define it at the final of the match. “We know that we cannot fail much and we must continue. Twelve days to go. I like the character of the team, but I would also like the goals to come earlier. We are alive in both competitions and we will continue to fight hard and believe in ourselves. The comeback is very positive for the League but also to prepare for Tuesday's game", he assured.
The French coach, that today completed 247 games as DT, being the second maximum, referred to the fact that they already have their heads set on Tuesday's match for the return of the knockout stages of the Champions League against Atalanta. In addition, Zidane spoke about the return of Sergio Ramos and the possible penalty that they did not charge him: “Penalty to Ramos? It seems to us that there is something ”, he confessed.
However, Zidane recognized the team's own shortcomings and defended the referees
Despite this, he did not want to blame the arbitration: “I'm not going to get involved again. You know, the referee does his job and we try to do ours, and that's it ”. Despite the fact that his team took an important victory and hot on the leader's heels, Zidane regretted the fact that he had to work so hard on the victories and not score the goals earlier. “The five, ten minutes before the break we also had chances and at the beginning of the second half. Then when you look at the two plays, it's this. When we got into the rhythm and being patient with the ball, we made two very good goal plays and we have to believe more ”, the DT concluded.