After yesterday’s breathtaking El Clasico game, Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane spoke about his win against Barcelona:
“It was a great feeling. The first half was very difficult, and it was a match appropriate for the teams of our level. Though we were very good in the second half.
We were active in the attack and used high-level pressing. That is how it should play against rivals of a similar level. If you allow Barça to play, you will be without a ball for the whole match, which is really bad.
Vinicius deserved this important goal. I’m happy with Mariano’s playing as well. He plays a little, but he scored an important goal.” the French coach of Madrid said.
Vinicius’ record – Brazilian beat Messi
At the 71st minute of the match, the visitors were promoted by the goal of Vinicius. The 19-year-old, 233 days old, became the youngest player ever to score a goal in the 21st century in El Clasico.
Until the exact hit of Vinicius, the record belonged to Leo Messi, who beat the principal rival in the 2007 El Clasico, aged 19 and 259 days.
Ramos responded to Pique’s criticism
After the match, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique disapproved of the quality of football shown by Real Madrid in the first half. Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has responded to the Catalan defense leader.
“Pique’s opinion is respected all over the world, and I am among them, though I would gladly defeat them in all the Clasico games in such a bad game as he thought we showed in the first half.
Nowadays, Barça have a very high level of ball possession. I think it’s an integral part of their style of play that deserves respect. Real has a different style that is neither worse nor better. It’s just different.” – the Madrid captain said.