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Post-Match Press Conference (2016/17 La Liga): Málaga 0 - 2 Real Madrid

Zidane on winning La Liga: “This is the happiest day of my professional life.”

Malaga CF v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Zinedine Zidane took questions from the press on his side’s victory over Málaga and capture of the Spanish title.

On Winning La Liga

We've achieved this by really working hard, over the course of 38 match days. The Spanish top flight is the toughest in the world. It is an important moment for me as a coach. The key of the success lies in the group. They have been united all season and that was the key for this LaLiga campaign. Everyone deserves praise, but above all the players deserve it. They believed in the message I told them. This is my happiest day as a coach. I have won everything with this club and winning La Liga is the best.

It is the players who are out there on the pitch, they play and suffer. There are 24 of them, it is difficult to give them all the same number of minutes, but they are key. The success is down to the work they put in and the belief in what they do. If you work hard, with this squad I was able to win La Liga, and that is not an easy feat.

As the Real Madrid coach, you know what the expectation levels are like. I like it. Now we're going back to Madrid and to Cibeles to see the fans, who have to see their team. I dedicate this title to all the Madridistas and to those who have been behind the team. On a personal level, this is for my family and my brother, the eldest. Although he will not understand what I'm saying in Spanish.

I've suffered every three days, every game. There's a lot of tension. We live for this and I'm passionate about what I do. After nine months we've won the league and after four years it's hard to put it into words.

On His Feelings of Joy

I am really happy and pleased. I'm happy to win La Liga. We have played 38 match days and come out on top. This is the happiest day of my professional life, it feels different. We won the last games against Sevilla, Celta and Málaga. We struggled throughout the La Liga campaign, but these three games were key.

On Málaga’s Performance

They played their game. They're a good team and they've won a lot of games of late. We knew it would be difficult but we scored right away and that made things easier for us.

On the Champions League Final

I'm not going to think about Cardiff yet, I'm just going to enjoy what we've achieved. When you start the season you know that La Liga is your bread and butter. I could get up and dance right now but I'm not going to, but I'm really happy inside.

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