Zinedine Zidane was a happy man after the game against Villarreal. However, the story could have had a tragic end because Los Blancos risked again to lose some points and the leadership of La Liga. This time, the manager was right with the substitutions and the team could come back again.
The manager was asked about Isco and Morata: “For sure they deserve more minutes. They changed the game. We’re going to need all the players”. Zidane also explained the was he changed the game: “With the 2-0 we had to change something and we were right. We did an offensive substitution to play in the rival pitch and we were right. There is nothing else. We knew Villarreal were great at home. We had to be patient. With the substitutions we changed the game. It was very important to earn the points and continue topping the table”.
The French manager didn’t say a lot of things to Morata, who scored the final goal: “I didn’t tell him a lot of things, only tactical details. He should be in the box because we were going to cross a lot”, Zidane explained.
Zizou also spoke about the penalty Real Madrid had for a handball committed by Bruno: “The players told me it was penalty, I couldn’t see it. I will never complain about the referees. He whistled and that’s it. We did great things to come back, we had more chances and we got three important points against a good rival. We are happy for the victory”.
Finally, Zidane also spoke about Villarreal: “We knew they can put us in difficulties and they are a great team at home, they scored two goals. We had to be patient and having common sense to play like we like. For us it was very important to leave the stadium as leaders”.