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Asensio: "Zidane just told me to stay calm and be patient"

Zidane told him just to be calm and patient on his Champions League debut: "There are top level players here, a lot of players who have been here for years...".

Asensio: "Zidane just told me to stay calm and be patient"
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Capitalizing to the max

Once again Marco Asensio was in scintillating form as he returned to the starting line-up for Real Madrid. The 20-year-old scored on his Champions League debut as Zidane's team bulldozed Legia 5-1 in the capital.

Making the most of valuable playing time: "Yes, I am trying to make the most I can out of the opportunities the coach gives me. And if I can contribute goals, which help the team to win, then even better. I've very happy with the win".

Controlling games: "Tonight we went out with a very attacking team, with both full-backs pushing further upfield, but the team as a whole did a great job and in the end the scoreline is very convincing".

Conceding another goal on the break: "It's the only downside to tonight's game - not keeping a clean sheet, but we will get better at that as we get more games under our belt".

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Youth at the fore

Great display from the younger players: "Both myself and the other lads are training hard to try to be handed minutes and we made the most of that today".

Alternating between team and subs' bench: “It's quite a new thing for me to find myself not playing so often. When I was at other teams, I played parctically every match but here the players are top level, footballers who have spent many years here...”.

Patience young man

Pre-match advice from Zidane: “The boss did take me aside for a chat and just told me to relax and stay calm. There are world class people at this club. He told me to be patient, that I didn't have to prove myself in every move”.

Fans chanting your name: “I'm very happy, and very grateful to the fans - I hope we can achieve a lot of great things together”.


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