Real Madrid could only get a 2-2 draw on their visit to Villarreal’s Estadio de la Ceramica after playing a very good first half only to end up lifting their foot off the pedal and conceding twice. Still, coach Zidane was satisfied with how the team performed and said that his players are ready for the upcoming Final against Liverpool in the Champions League.
“We were good in the first half but in the second period we managed the game with the final in mind. When that happens, the opposition can make life hard for you,” said Zidane after the game.
“I haven’t got my starting XI for the Champions League final in my head. We’re ready. Also we haven’t picked up any injuries tonight, which was important. We’re ready for this last match and Kiev final, which is the most special game of the season,” he added.
Zidane started Bale and Ronaldo upfront and the Welshman completed a very good performance. However, Isco and Benzema have also played well lately and it won’t be easy for the French coach to drop any of those two players.
“At no point has Bale thrown the towel in. He’s training well and the only thing that’s changed is that he’s now scoring goals, as he has done in the last few games. I’m pleased with his performance and what he brings to the team. Nothing has change. The only difference is that he’s been scoring of late,” explained Zidane.
As of now, it looks like Isco could start behind Benzema and Ronaldo against Liverpool, with Bale, Asensio and Vazquez ready to come off the bench during the second half if needed.