Zinedine Zidane has admitted that his Real Madrid side were ‘not brilliant’ in the 2-1 win over Alaves at the weekend.
Having stuttered so far this season with draws to Levante and Valencia and a shock 1-0 defeat to Real Betis in mid-week – Zidane knew his side had to secure all three points against lowly Alaves on Saturday afternoon.
And, two goals from Dani Ceballos accomplished that result, which now leaves them in fifth place, a massive seven points behind league leaders Barcelona.
Having approached the game in determined mood, Zidane chose to leave Gareth Bale unused on the bench, whilst Cristiano Ronaldo was still finding full match fitness and started his second game following suspension.
“We know that it’s difficult wherever we go, Alaves needed the points and were bottom. They had a good game,” he told post match reporters.
“I’m satisfied and so can everyone because we got what we wanted, the three points. I won’t single anything out in particular, but we got the three points and we’ll have much better days, especially in terms of our performance, but you have to congratulate the players.
Speaking on Ceballos, Zidane praised the midfielder for his impact and what were his first goals for the club since arriving from Betis this summer.
“Ceballos? I’m happy for the player, he’s ready to play. He did very well, and both of his goals make me happy.
“The goals aside, he did very well, played very well and I’m happy for him because he’s a lad who wants to learn, and he’ll get more chances. We got the three points thanks to him.
“I’m happy for Dani, he’s done well. He had a great game and showed that he was worthy of being here.”
Madrid now travel to Germany on Tuesday evening where they face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stages.
Elsewhere in La Liga this weekend, Barcelona made it six out of six as they beat Girona 3-0 and Atletico Madrid swept aside Sevilla, winning 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano.