Trainer Zinedine Zidane was especially happy with Sergio Ramos on Thursday after Real Madrid’s 1-0 win over Getafe. Thanks to a used penalty from the captain, ‘De Koninklijke’ took another step towards the championship.
“Ramos is not only our captain on the field, but also beyond,” Zidane said at the post-match digital press conference at Estadio Alfredo di Stefano.
“He has a unique attitude and he transfers it to the rest of the team. I am happy that he took the penalty eleven minutes before the end, because when Ramos gets behind the ball, I always have a lot of confidence.”
It was already Ramos’ fourth hit since La Liga resumed after the corona outbreak. The Spaniard recently replaced Ronald Koeman as the most scoring defender in the Spanish league and experienced another milestone on Thursday with his 450th league match for Real Madrid.
Most league matches Real Madrid
- 1. Raúl – 550 (1994-2010)
- 2. Manuel Sanchís – 523 (1983-2001)
- 3. Iker Casillas – 510 (1999-2015)
- 4. Santillana – 461 (1971-1988)
- 5. Sergio Ramos – 450 (2005 – present)
Zidane lacks freshness in attack due to fatigue
Despite the three points, Zidane was again not satisfied with Real’s game. “It is tough, because we play a game every three days. We miss freshness especially in the attack. The most important thing is that we keep the defense closed and that worked today. If you continue to be patient, you can always score a goal. That turned out again today, “said the French coach.
Real have won all six of its games since the resumption of the league, taking over Barcelona’s lead. With five games to play, the team from the capital has a lead of four points and a better mutual result than the arch rival.
“We have five finals to go,” said Zidane. “Our next game is out again against Athletic Club on Sunday afternoon, we will have to recover well after tonight’s tough game.”
Real Madrid-trainer Zinedine Zidane. (Foto: Pro Shots)