Zidane: Cristiano has put Ballon d'Or debate to bed

Zinedine Zidane was a happy man after watching his Real Madrid side defeat Atlético in the Spanish capital derby at the Calderón.
Real Madrid-Deportivo: LaLiga matchday 20

Zidane: Cristiano has put Ballon d'Or debate to bed
Chema Moya EFE

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane praised his side after their comprehensive 3-0 win over city rivals Atlético Madrid on Saturday night.

In the last ever league derby at the Calderón, Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick as Los Blancos established a four-point lead at the top of LaLiga.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring Real's third goal.

"Few teams are capable of coming here and winning 3-0"

One of Real's best displays under you? "I don't know if it's the best, but we put in a massive performance against a really tough team, at a ground where it's difficult to come away with a win."

Delighted: "I'm happy with the way we played. Few teams are capable of coming here and winning 3-0."

Formation change: "We had more balance with [Gareth] Bale on the left, Lucas [Vázquez] on the right and Isco in behind Cristiano. It worked out well and we're pleased."

Zidane applauds his side during their 3-0 win on Saturday.

"Isco was phenomenal"

Isco: "He was phenomenal. In the first half I don't think he gave away a single ball."

Not getting carried away: "We have to keep on doing what we're doing. We haven't won anything yet. We're aware of the tough challenges we have ahead of us."

Will you miss the Calderón? "Yes, of course. The players, the fans... They're going to miss it. I'm happy with this win, because there aren't many teams who win here."

Decision to leave Sergio Ramos on the bench: "He didn't feel at 100%. I'm never inclined to risk a player."

"I've never had any doubts Cristiano is the best"

Cristiano and the Ballon d'Or: "I've never had any doubts that Cristiano is the best, and tonight ends that debate."