Zinedine Zidane was a happy coach after Real Madrid managed to progress into the next round of the Champions League after comfortably beating Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 in Madrid. The Spanish giants needed a victory to get into the next round and Zidane’s squad delivered what was needed. Karim Benzema scored a brace against Gladbach, helping Madrid to claim the top spot in their group.
“This was the objective: to finish first,” he said, as quoted by Marca. “We played a spectacular game, from the first minute to the last. We interpreted the game really well. I think this was the most complete game of the season. I’ve been a player and it’s impossible to play like this all the time. We try to, but every now and then…”
“We don’t only perform under pressure; we have played other good games as well. It’s true this team has that [quality]: when the difficulties are great, it appears. I’m happy for the players because they are the most important thing. I’m fighting with them and I’m happy for them. It was a good game.” Madrid finish the group stage with 10 points from six games, Gladbach joins them with eight points. Shaktar Donetsk have finished in third position, while Internazionale are out of Europe.