Zinedine Zidane introduced some changes in the game against Espanyol. The most important one was James Rodríguez, who was finally in the starting eleven. After the great assist in Champions League against Sporting Lisbon, the Colombian playmaker needed an opportunity and the manager gave him the chance to play in Barcelona against Espanyol.
Although it wasn’t a brilliant game for Los Blancos, James Rodríguez opened the score with a great shot from outside the box. Again the midfielder was very important in the game but there are still some rumours on whether he should stay in Madrid or leave seeking more opportunities. Some people also talked about a bad relationship with Zinedine Zidane but the player denied it.
James finally spoke after the game and he gave his opinion about his current situation: “I didn’t have a bad time. I had the support of everybody, including the coach. I have a very good relationship with Zidane. We are a very united team and we always want to win. I’m one player more. I always wanted to be here”, the Colombian playmaker said after the game.
The Colombian also spoke after the game against Espanyol, where Real Madrid won 0-2: “Until the 0-1 we were a bit back and they were playing good, but this is a fair result”, James Rodríguez analyzed.
James Rodríguez was not the only player who spoke after the game. Dani Carvajal also talked with the journalist and said his opinion but the records of victories with Zidane: “It’s a beautiful record to equalize the 16 victories, but it’s only statistics and we think game by game. Now we’re thinking in the game against Villarreal on Wednesday. But the record reflects the great job of Zidane and the team”.
Finally, Carvajal also had good words about Zizou: “He’s been right and everybody feels very important. The egos are aside, this is the key of success nowadays and we want to continue like this”, the right-back finished.