Zidane: When I Have to Choose the Line Up, I Have Headache

Zidane: When I Have to Choose the Line Up, I Have Headache


Real Madrid started the season in La Liga with a brilliant victory (0-3) over Real Sociedad. Gareth Bale stunning header opened the result and Marco Asensio’s great chip put the second goal. Bale, in the extra time, closed the result.

Zinedine Zidane has reasons to be happy after the first game. Álvaro Morata played really well, Marco Asensio is still brilliant and Gareth Bale was the leader in the pitch with the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo. “It’s important to start well, and especially in Anoeta, a difficult ground. Scoring three goals and receiving none is the best way to start la Liga”, the French manager said.

Again, Marco Asensio was one of the best players in the pitch and scored a wonderful goal. Zidane was very positive: “I’m very happy for everything he’s done and his goal. But it’s the team, more than Marco. Everybody did a good game”, Zidane said. The French coach was asked about Asensio as a new star: “The most important thing Asensio is doing is to work, because we know he has quality. The goal is stunning, we’re happy”.

Making the line up it’s not easy for Zidane despite there are several players still injured. This time, Isco and James Rodríguez stayed in the bench: “I try to show that everybody is important. If we want to achieve the goal, the group is the most important thing. When I do the lineup, I have headaches because all the players have great quality. We’re doing great things defensively more than in attack. We’re fighting every play and we ended up with a clean sheet. For a coach, this is top”.

The French manager also spoke about James Rodríguez, who might leave the club and wasn’t included again in the lineup: “He’s fine and happy. Working and helping the team to win the three points”.

The star of the game was Gareth Bale, who scored two goals in the opening game of the season: “I’m happy for him because physically is a bit behind the others, although no one has realized. It’s easier with the early goal he scored. He said this is a very important year for him and he has shown it with these two goals”, Zidane said.