With two years at Real Madrid, Columbian star James Rodriguez hasn’t started most of the club’s competitive games recently but he did show off some crazy skills in training of Friday, and followed it up with a superb outing against Celta.
Image shows James Rodriguez in action against Celta.
Zinedine Zidane spoke about the 25-year-old star, revealing that the midfielder still has great value even as a substitute.
The Madrid coach said: “James and Lucas made the team improve – that’s what substitutes are for. The players grew right up until the final whistle and that’s what matters.”
“He’s staying here at Real Madrid,” the Frenchman said.
Zidane was quoted by Marca as saying: “He [James] looked good to me and that wasn’t easy in a game like this. He had a chance to score. He’s staying.
“[Talking about the team’s style of play which looked clueless and without rhythm from the start] We didn’t shine, that’s true and there is always a chance that in some games we won’t play like we want.
“That’s a part of the work we have been doing. We can improve but I’m happy with how we have performed at this start of the season. We’ve won both of our games and the Supercopa.
“Now we are going to rest, even though there’s the international fixtures”.
“[On how the defense line performed] The heat affected both sides. We had a difficult game against a side who were much more complicated than we expected – especially in attack.
“We can’t always win easily. Easy games don’t exist. I’m happy with the three points and the attitude the players showed”.
“[On Morata and his substitution] He played very well, a very complete performance. He scored one goal and could have grabbed another; I’m happy with him.
“I brought Mariano on to give the team some fresh legs, because he could help us defend more and we could take advantage of his acceleration”.
Image shows Alvaro Morata celebrating a goal for Real Madrid.
“[About having to substitute Modric] He exerted a lot physically and we need some freshness. He looked good, he created chance for us but he was a little off the pace compared to the others”.
Zidane didn’t forget to commend their rivals. He said: “A lot of the time they [Celta] know how you play, they knew how to block Marcelo and Carvajal”.