Zidane has hailed powerhouses Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos featured in the squad together for only the third time this campaign – and it yet again proved to be a good decision. Zidane has highly praised duo Modric and Kroos after winning the Atletico Madrid clash by 2-0.
“We used [Modric and Kroos] to find the way out, it’s true,” said Zidane, who is unbeaten in seven games against Atleti. “We had to do it.
“And then playing fast from one side to the other and with diagonals, we found gaps. They’re f***ing great, they’re exceptional.
“Karim [Benzema], too, and Lucas [Vazquez], he is phenomenal, and [Dani] Carvajal, and our captain [Sergio Ramos], [Raphael] Varane. They are all very good.”
“We confirmed what we did in the two previous games,” said the coach, whose side restricted Atleti to one shot on target across the 90 minutes and no efforts at all before half-time.
“We competed very well throughout the game.
“But we don’t have anything to celebrate because we haven’t won anything. It’s a good week.
“I’m happy for the players because they always believe in what they do. And when they get things done I’m happy. Let’s enjoy and think about Tuesday [against Athletic Bilbao].”