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Zidane praises Casemiro's performance after 1-2 win in El Clásico

The Brazilian midfielder played with composure.

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Zinedine Zidane was visibly happy when he addressed the media after today's 1-2 win against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Real Madrid clawed their way back into the game even after Piqué's opening goal off a corner-kick and players like Casemiro, Jesé, Marcelo, Modric or Bale proved they deserve the minutes they are getting.

"I am very happy about everything I saw today, not only about the outcome," said Zidane. "We struggled a bit during the first few minutes but it's normal, this is a tough ground. Casemiro has been a crucial player just like everyone else, I can't name one player above the rest of the team," added the manager.

Real Madrid are now seven points behind Barcelona in the Liga table with just seven games until the end of the season. It will be almost impossible for Los Blancos to overcome that deficit,  but they have surely built some momentum for the Champions League games ahead. "We will keep working hard. Now we have to focus on the Champions League and then we will play in La Liga again," concluded Real's manager.

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