Zidane’s decision to rest key players for the Club World Cup almost cost Real Madrid the match. In the aftermath, the White’s coach was surely relieved due to his team coming from behind to beat Deportivo La Coruña 3-2, courtesy of Sergio Ramos’ late winner (thereby keeping the unbeaten record intact and securing the 3 points to maintain a 6 point lead as La Liga leaders).
Zidane On Ramos
In the final minutes, I believed that Ramos could score, Morata and Mariano as well… all the players that were in there to have a go. But Sergio is special. It's not the first time he's scored at the last moment. He's our Captain and he's one of many players who are the heart and soul of this team. He's got character and he never lets his head drop. That's who he is
Ramos On His Goal
Historically, our spirit and this badge mean we have a duty to fight right to the end and thanks to a fantastic cross from Kroos, I was able to add another goal to my tally. It's important to have that spirit and to compete until the last ball. The team was able to produce a reaction, take the three points and continue at the top of the table, and it was vital to close out the year in this manner.
Zidane On Defending Against Ramos
You can mark him, but he's smart, he moves very well and the ball is like a magnet to his head. He's there where the ball falls. You can work on your marking but it's difficult to mark him well. Deportivo defended the set-pieces very well but, a ball to Ramos and he always scores.
Zidane On Conceding Goals
Things got a bit difficult for us, but we played a great match. We got things wrong for the goal but that can happen. We have to praise our opponents because they played very well and made it hard for us. We've got the three points and that's the most important thing. We have to congratulate all the players.
Zidane On Their Unbeaten Run
I don't think that we're invincible. One day this run will have come to an end. The good thing is that the players are aware that, in addition to hard work, having a positive outlook can help us out. Having gone 35 games undefeated gives us strength. However, today we were given a hard time, we needed to dig in and we did just that.
Zidane On His Managerial Career
I'm very fortunate to be in the position I'm in. I'm trying to enjoy it as much as I can. There's a lot of work and passion that goes into this. We're halfway through the season and I know that there'll be tough times ahead so I want to enjoy the moment.