Having breezed past ten-man Getafe with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane believes it was paramount they could head into their second leg Champions League last 16 tie in Paris in good stead.
Key players Luka Modric and Toni Kroos again missed out through injury as Real Madrid beat Getafe 3-1 to momentarily cut the gap between them and La Liga leaders Barcelona to 12.
Ernesto Valverde’s side hosted second-place Atletico Madrid on Sunday, while Los Blancos’ derby victory helps them overcome their shock midweek defeat to Espanyol.
Scorers Ronaldo and Bale both reached landmarks, the former took his La Liga goal tally beyond the 300-goal milestone, while the Welshman Bale overtook the record set by David Beckham for most La Liga appearances by a British player.
Zidane said it was crucial Madrid could travel to Paris off the back of a win,
“Before a second-leg game like Tuesday it was very important to have three days in a good mood,” Zidane told reporters after the game.
“When you lose it’s tough. It was very important to win. We played a very serious game.”
Marcelo made a brief return when he came on in the second-half as a substitute however whether midfielders Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will feature on Tuesday is yet to be seen.
“They still haven’t trained with us, we’ll have to see if they do tomorrow,” Zidane explained,
“I will never rue having players absent. They are important players but we have to look to Tuesday’s game. If they can’t be with us, then someone else will play. We have two days to see how Luka and Toni will be.”
Ronaldo has now scored 14 in his last eight and his coach believes his good spell of form needs to be benefited from.
“He’s going to be in Paris and I’m very happy because he is going through a very good moment. You need to take advantage.”