Real Madrid beat Espanyol 2-0 at Santiago Bernabeu without impressing, but without worrying too much either, as Isco opened the scoring in the 30th minute, and finished the game off with a personal second 20 minutes from time.
We started very well and then in the second half we were a little tired because it’s normal to be tired after many games
Zinedine Zidane told reporters after the game, Real Madrid’s third win in nine days, including their Champions League 3-1 triumph at Borussia Dortmund.
What worries me is that a lot of my players will not rest because they go with their international teams
the Madrid coach said, knowing that his team’s training sessions these next days will be without a number of absentees, who will rejoin the squad next week without having gotten any real rest.
The Frenchman commented on Achraf Hakimi’s debut as well. The 18-year-old Moroccan was called to fill in the gap left by Dani Carvajal’s absence, and he did great.
I’m very happy with him. It’s his first game here at the Bernabeu, and he was spectacular. I’m happy for him and it’s a game he will remember for his whole life. He has done very well
was Zidane’s comment.