Gareth Bale says scoring a hat trick was a nice way to see in a new era under Zinedine Zidane but the most important thing was the three points.
The Welshman netted three and Karim Benzema grabbed a brace as Los Blancos defeated Deportivo la Coruna 5-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu to ensure the first win under their new boss.
The win was also Bale’s 50th in La Liga in 72 games in the competition since joining the club from Tottenham in the summer of 2013.
Speaking to reporters afterwards, he stated: “It’s nice to score but the most important thing is the win and helping the team win as much as possible. I’m very happy because we got the three points and it was an important win. I had a good game. We now have to continue working hard and I’m sure we will carry on winning games.”
Asked about how the players had coped with a change in manager at the midway point in the season, the 26-year-old said everyone was looking to a successful period under Zidane.
He commented: “Everybody knows that Zidane was a great player and I’m sure he’ll be the same as a manager. We’ve only trained a few times but we’re professionals and we work hard to try to win games and all of the titles available. We have to carry on the same way, like we were doing before. Nothing has changed and today hasn’t been any different.”