Tandem Lucas - Asensio, brought Real victory over Celta (2: 0) in the 17th round of the Primera. The triumph in the first match in 2021 put the Madrid club back on the desired track after the draw away to Elche (1: 1), and Zinedine Zidane pointed out that he was very satisfied with the game shown by his team.
"We played the complete game as it should be, from the first to the last minute. We know that we have to win every next match, it is not easy at all, but the players are trying to succeed in that and I am delighted with them," said the Madrid strategist.
With the victory at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium, Real reached the 11th victory with three draws and defeats each, which took over the leading position from the city rival Atletico, but Atletico has 3 games less. "We are going in the right direction, we are doing a good job and we need to continue like that.
Everything is in the team, the group, the way we play. We were very disciplined in defense and attack, with and without the ball. We are all happy and satisfied, but we still have a very long way to go. "
Zidane on Benzema
The leading goal for Real was scored by Lucas in the 6th minute, assisted by Asensio, and the Spanish tandem, only in substituted roles, was fatal for the guests in the 53rd minute as well.
Unlike the moody duo, Karim Benzema wasn't good as he can be, but Zidane stood up for his compatriots. "I don't think Benzema is tired. He played well, I substituted him in the end to give another player a chance.
We have a great relationship, we are doing well and we need to continue like that." In the 74th minute, Eden Hazard got a chance instead of Asensio, who gradually got a chance after recovering from the injury. "We have to slowly bring Hazard back, without any pressure.
It takes time for him to return to his best level," Zidane said. After two consecutive defeats by Alaves and Shakhtar, Real recorded seven wins and one draw and is in great shape in the face of new challenges, the first of which awaits them on January 9 against Osasuna.
In mid-January, Zidane's team will compete with Athletic Bilbao in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup, and on February 24, Madrid will continue their international campaign with the game of the 1/16th of the Champions League against Atalanta in Bergamo.