Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane talked to the media after his team’s 2-1 win against Sevilla this Saturday. Zidane addressed the controversy around Sevilla’s disallowed goal, which upset coach Julen Lopetegui.
“I can say that I saw the play and he set a screen, it’s a foul and the referee saw the VAR and called it. On the second play there’s also a hand ball and the referee didn’t call it, I can’t explain anything and this is something I never discuss. Referees are the ones making the decisions. Sometimes these decisions go against you and sometimes they help you. It’s a tough job. To me that’s a screen, it’s a foul and it’s a normal call, no need to complain,” said Zidane.
The French coach also praised Casemiro, who scored a rare brace to give Real Madrid the three points.
“We know that offensively Case can be there in a position to finish the play but the first goal surprised me. Any player can make a difference here and today that player was Casemiro. I’m happy for him and also happy for our second half,” explained the coach.
Real Madrid got three crucial points this Saturday against a quality team, something which could be crucial down the road as Los Blancos try to win La Liga this year.
“This win is key for us, the game is 90 minutes long and today it was a quality team, if you’re not focused it can be very tough. We’re on good form right now, we struggled a bit today but this is how it’s going to be until the end of the season, we’re happy and we have to enjoy the three points,” said Zidane.
The Frenchman also summarized the game and praised their opponent.
“It was a very good Sevilla, in the first half we just didn’t have our legs. In the second half we pressed better, they’re a very good team if you let them play, we know what we have to do, we have to be engaged in the pressing, especially on our own part of the field. We’re happy because we managed to turn things around,” concluded Zidane.