Zidane: “The intensity matters more than the scheme”

Zidane congratulates Benzema after being replaced by Mariano

“We played a strong and serious game. Now to continue. There is a lot left “, Zinedine Zidane summarized after Madrid’s triumph at Carranza, which allows his team to sleep as leader of the League, equaled 70 points with Atlético (with one game less, the one that this afternoon plays against Huesca 19.00).

With no room for complacency, the Madrid coach answered questions about the three-center system without fuss. “The animation and intensity that we put in is more important than the game scheme. We had to attack with Marcelo and Odriozola at the same time and we did so ”, he stressed without showing off. Zidane did highly value the fact of chaining the third consecutive game without conceding goals (Liverpool, Getafe and Cádiz). “It is fundamental for us that solidity behind. If we defend well we know that then we respond above. Hopefully we will recover troops, because it is essential to maintain this line ”, Zidane continued before dedicating a aside in his speech to praise Karim Benzema, protagonist of the Madrid triumph with two goals. “We really enjoy him, because of what he achieves and how he makes the team play,” the French coach developed. “I hope we enjoy him for a long time,” added Zidane, who made the youth squad Antonio Blanco debut – “we know him well. I knew that I could answer without problem and I am happy for him ”, he valued -.

Cádiz had only suffered one defeat (2-1 against Villarreal) in the previous six days and Madrid arrived at Carranza after two games without scoring (against Liverpool and Getafe). But Benzema was reunited with the goal, the balance on the scoreboard was broken after 30 minutes of play, and Zidane’s team extended their streak in the League to 16 consecutive games without defeat (12 wins and four draws) with a solvent triumph, the tenth of the whites away in the championship. With his double against Cádiz, Benzema reached the border of 20 goals in the league tournament for the fifth season of the 12 he has in Madrid. The French striker stands, with 21, just two goals from Messi’s 23 in the race for the top scorer, he has 27 in total so far this year, and also equaled Raúl’s record, that of scoring 35 teams. other than the League.

The first goal came from a penalty, 11 out of 11 Benzema adds in the championship, the active footballer with the best sequence without failures. Madrid had not been awarded a penalty in favor since last October 24 at the Camp Nou, scored by Sergio Ramos. Benzema’s second goal was a header to the center of Casemiro: the Frenchman has scored 32 goals in the league and half of them have been achieved in the last three seasons, without the finishing voracity of Cristiano Ronaldo.

“The plan was to be deep on the wing, taking advantage of the fact that we were playing with the three-center system,” explained Marcelo after the victory against Cádiz. The Madrid captain reached 370 league games with Real Madrid, with a balance of 26 goals and 51 assists. “We have gone for the game without speculating. We are on a good line. We are mentally working to endure the sequence of playing every two or three days. We know what we are at stake and recovery is key ”, Marcelo concluded in his analysis.

Odriozola, the other Real Madrid winger at Carranza in Zidane’s scheme, also scored the second header. “It may be the first of my career,” confessed the right-hander from Donostia. “It tastes great to me, really. I have spent more than half a season injured and games like this are what give the player the confidence to reach the best level. Madrid does not wait for anyone and I am working hard to add. I’ve had a bad time but there are no excuses here, “closed Odriozola, who was relieved by Carvajal at game time on his return after his injury.

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