Zidane: Barca And Sevilla Slip Up Serves As Motivation For Madrid

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Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane is quite happy a close rivals, Barcelona and Sevilla dropping points and says it motivated his men.

Barcelona drew 1-1 with Real Betis and Sevilla lost to Espanyol, giving Madrid a chance to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Madrid eventually won 3-0 against Real Sociedad and have stretched their lead to four points much to the delight of Zidane.

“It gives us added motivation because when you see that one of your rivals drops points,” said Zidane. “It makes you even more eager to do the job and that’s something we talked about.

“The most important things was to focus on ourselves and we managed to win.

“We have extended our lead. Our opponents have dropped points and we’re now four points in front. There’ll be difficult times ahead but we must enjoy this victory now.”

“This is an important win for us. In the wake of a tough few days we’re once again doing what we do best,” he added.

“It was a strong all-round performance against difficult opposition. We managed to get the three points and keep a clean sheet, which was also important. It has been a good night because our nearest rivals all drew or lost.

“The idea at the start was for us to press, but I wasn’t pleased because we weren’t pressing in a very co-ordinated way. We improved on that in the second half. Possession isn’t the be-all and end-all in football, you also need to have a cutting edge.

“What’s more, we’ve got to be happy with having scored a goal like the one Kovacic got because we’d been working on that and that gives you strength.”



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