Zidane: Real Madrid have better days ahead

Annette Crawford
September 26, 2017

Following a week of huge pressure after their 0-1 defeat to Real Betis, the French boss was simply relieved to come away from the match with three points in the bag after an impressive brace from Dani Ceballos took attention away from another largely stuttering performance.

However, Real restored their lead three minutes later when Ceballos bagged his second of the game with a close range finish after an error from Pacheco. The summer signing then made it 2-1 just before the break from the edge of the area, moments after Alaves captain Manu Garcia had surprisingly equalised by heading in Munir El Haddadi's cross.

Ronaldo hit the post with a left foot shot as Madrid pinned Alaves back, but they almost paid for missing chances when Alaves substitute Pedraza saw a shot deflected onto the Madrid bar and then hit the post when clean though on the visitors' goal after Sergio Ramos had blazed over when it looked easier to score. "It really could not have gone better".

Zinedine Zidane will be without six first-team players as Real Madrid visit the Mendizorrotza to take on Deportivo Alaves on Saturday. Every year this gets more hard.

"I'm happy for Dani", Zidane said at the postgame news conference. Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale can fill that role, but both are better suited to play on wider roles. Besides the two goals, he also played a good game.

"It will be a little bit odd but I'm happy for him, he's working hard, he's at a side that is not doing great at the moment but they've got a good squad and they are working well".

Last season, they lasted until April 9th before dropping as many points at home.

In the end, Zinedine didn't need to worry as Enzo's hard spell since stepping out of the shadow of his father by leaving Madrid in the summer continued as he wasn't even included in the Alaves squad.

"He likes his position and we can play in different formations".

Real Betis dominated in front of a crowd of almost 50,000 fans at Benito Villamarin Stadium.

Instead, disappointing home draws against Valencia and Levante were compounded as Real failed to score for the first time in 74 games when Real Betis became the first side other than Barca or Atletico Madrid to win at the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga for six-and-a-half years on Wednesday.

"He'll get me in shape in a few days". "I am not thinking about going against my son. He had a great game and showed that he was worthy of being here".

"Real Madrid is the club of my life and one that has seen my grow up since I joined as a junior", he added.

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