I’m delighted with team effort – Zinedine Zidane

I’m delighted with team effort – Zinedine Zidane

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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he is delighted with the effort everyone showed in the magnificent win over Manchester City.

Gareth Bale’s first half goal ensured Los Blancos progress to their second Champions League final in three years where they will meet Atletico de Madrid in a repeat of the 2014 final.

Speaking to the media at his press conference, Zidane hailed his players and said they had earned the right to celebrate their progress to the final in Milan.

“I’m happy, not just for myself; it was a team effort. I’m happy for the players because what they did tonight was fantastic. We suffered because that always happens in semi-finals, but we’ve got through to the final and that is what is important for us,” he said.

And he added: “I’m happy to be leading this great team. I’m happy to be able to enjoy this opportunity that the club has given me, to train these players. We must all keep working together and think about the great things we can achieve if we work together as a united team. We saw that tonight and now we can enjoy the final.”

Asked whether he was already thinking of La Undecima, Zindane stated: “Yes, obviously. But tonight we must enjoy the moment all together and with the fans, who were phenomenal. We haven’t won anything yet and it will be a difficult game on the 28th May. We need to rest up well for Sunday. That is the good thing about football, thinking about what is in front of you.”