Zinedine Zidane was happy with the performance of his team against Las Palmas, where his team bounced back after two defeats in a row: “After what happened in the last two games it was important to win. We needed it”, the French manager commented in press conference.
The coach doesn’t want to raise the voice and he’s quite happy with the start of the season despite being 8 points behind FC Barcelona in La Liga: “Everybody is not going to rest, there are many of them going with their national teams. It’s going to be positive these two days of rest and then think in the next game. It’s not a bad start of the season. If you see the last two games, yes, it’s hard, but we know we can improve. Today it was important to win. We started with difficulties, but in the second half we played quickly and I’m happy because the players needed it”.
Zidane wanted to highlighted Vallejo’s debut: “It was important to play for them, especially for Vallejo, because this is his second game in the line-up and he did great. And for everybody else. Asensio does it well when he plays, Ceballos was unlucky because he suffered a hit, but I’m happy for everybody’s situation”.
The manager wanted to analyze Cristiano’s performance: “You always think in the negative things and I can tell you that he’s very happy for the assist to Isco. We know he enjoys to score, but I and He are convinced that he’s going to make the difference. In La Liga he’s not doing it, but he’s useful in the team and finally he will make the difference”.
With Cristiano out, Isco and Asensio are the topscorers of the team: “It’s the moment. Cristiano and Benzema do the things right in the pitch. Isco’s goal comes after a cross from Cristiano Ronaldo. Now he’s giving assists”.
Finally, Zidane spoke about the next game, the derby against Atlético Madrid: “All the games are different, but we are going to have time to prepare that game. I don’t know how we are going to arrive or how we are going to play. Until now, we did some very good games”, Zidane finished being too positive.