Just before flying back to Europe from the United States, Zinedine Zidane admitted that Real Madrid’s preseason had left with an overall negative feeling, having seen his team perform poorly and lose three of their four friendly games.
Their display against Manchester United though, in the UEFA Super Cup, thrilled their coach, who called their game ‘almost perfect’.
We know we’ve got a lot of talent and that with hard work we can achieve great things. It was a near perfect performance. The first half was fantastic and then we struggled a bit at the end of the second. If we’d have got the third goal, that would have been it. We showed great character and hunger
the Real Madrid coach said in the Press conference after the match, which Madrid won 2-1, thanks to goals by Casemiro in the first half, and Isco early in the second.
There were great celebrations in the dressing room, that’s normal, we never get tired of winning. We controlled things where they are very strong, such as second balls, the high balls. We pressed high and didn’t allow them to play. We made it count with the ball and stayed calm. The team’s overall commitment is crucial as well
the Frenchman also said. Next up for Real Madrid, the double final of the Spanish Super Cup, against Barcelona.