Zinedine Zidane admits he was pleased with Real Madrid players after they thrashed Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 in a match which turned out to be one of their biggest wins so far.
The Liga game was remarkable for Los Blancos, especially Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been widely criticized in the media for poor deliveries.
Depor took the lead at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu with Adrian Lopez’s opener in the 23rd minute, and the Galician side appeared ready to spring up more surprises after the first goal but their hopes were quickly dashed as the hosts regained composure almost immediately.
Goal scoring exploits from Madrid players dealt a hard blow to relegation-threatened Depor although the chase after Barcelona remains a dream.
Doubles from the excellent Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nachosat alongside a fine Luka Modric strike in a comprehensive 7-1 triumph for Zidane’s under-fire side proved the coach was right to have faith in his squad.
“The players needed a game like this,” Zidane explained in his post-match press conference. “I don’t know if the team has changed too much, the result though is very heavy, that’s the difference.
“We played well against Villarreal and we did today, even at 1-0 down, I’m happy today.”
The victory served as a morale-booster for Madrid after La Liga losses at the Santiago Bernabeu against Barcelona and Villarreal, not to mention Copa del Rey struggles versus Numancia and Leganes.
Zidane revealed the successful outing would have been nearly impossible without senior members of the attacking unit who had been sidelined due to injuries. A 4-3-3 formation was applied by the French coach for a decisive win.
However, the Frenchman says he believes the attitude exhibited by his team was the most essential factor.
Speaking at a post-match press conference, the 45-year-old said, “I don’t know if much has changed. The result, of course, as it was a big win…That’s the difference. In our general play we played very well against Villarreal.
“What changed today is the result, that we scored the chances we made. Nothing else.
“We all needed a game like this. To score seven goals is not done every day. In the end, I am happy for that.”
Wales international footballer Gareth Bale, Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were all fit for the match although the French striker was made to wait and later fielded to join his celebrated forward colleagues (BBC) for the first time in 273 days.
“I want to have all my players fit, we still are missing players,” Zidane admitted, especially with the series of heartwarming displays from Bale. “This is football, sometimes there are players who are injured.
“I’m happy for Gareth because he should now be able to play regularly and find consistency.”