Real must pull through difficult moments—Zidane

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane admitted “this is not a brilliant period for
us” but maintained the three points were all important after their hard fought
2-1 La Liga win at Alaves on Saturday.
On his first La Liga start, Dani Ceballos opened the scoring on 10 minutes
with a neat 15-yard finish as Zidane’s side dominated proceedings. The
summer signing then made it 2-1 just before the break from the edge of the
area, moments after Alaves captain Manu Garcia had surprisingly equalised
by heading in Munir El Haddadi’s cross.
The second half was a closer affair, with Cristiano Ronaldo twice denied by
the post, and Alaves substitute Alfonso Pedraza also hitting the woodwork
twice at the other end.
With the defending champions having climbed to fourth in the table, Zidane
told his postgame news conference that Madrid had suffered at times, and
again lamented their inability to put away the many chances they created.
“It was not easy, this is not a brilliant period for us,” Zidane said. “But we
got the three points, and will have much better days in how we play. But we
must congratulate the lads, as they make an effort every three days.
“We deserved to win, but this is football and for us two goals is not many
with all the chances we had. We must come through this moment. We will
play better other days.”

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