Zinedine Zidane spoke at press conference after the victory Real Madris achieved in the 29th week of the regular season at San Mamés against Athletic Club. Los Blancos played a very complete match against a team that is very strong when they play in their stadium. The French manager talked about today’s rival, Cristiano’s substitution, Benzema’s performance and Keylor Navas.
Zidane started the press conference talking about today’s rival and Iñaki Williams, who was a nightmare for Marcelo.:”We know that Athletic are a very good team that fight until the end. They are a very intensive squad but finally we achieved the victory. Iñaki Williams is a great player and he created a lot of danger. He is a very fast player and he has a lot of quality, but we are able to stop him. Gareth Bale helped Marcelo with Williams and we knew this was going to be a very difficult game because they play really good in their stadium”, Zidane said about Athletic and Iñaki Williams.
Keylor Navas played a really good game today and Zidane spoke about his keeper:” There is no debate for me. He is a very good keeper for us. Today he played really a good game and he made important saves”, Zidane defended Keylor Navas.
Cristiano didn’t finish the match because Zidane decided to substitute him in the last 15 minutes and he explained why he replaced him “: We tried to have more balance with Isco in the midfield and we changed to 4-4-2. Cristiano can be replace just like anyone else. He finished the match very happy because of the victory we achieved”, Zidane said about the substitution of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Benzema was the MVP of the match and the French manager didn’t want to highlight anyone:” Karim played a very complete game. He played almost in the midfield as a playmaker, but I don’t want to highlight anyone. I think all the players did a good job”, the French manager said.