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Zidane: "This is the squad I want; I hope it doesn't change"

The Real Madrid coach applauded the team's second goal at Riazor: "That's exactly the kind of football we want to play and we have the players who can do it.

Zinedine Zidane, en Riazor.

Zidane Zidane praised his players for the 0-3 win over Deportivo on Real Madrid's opening outing of the 2017/18 LaLiga season.

Overview of the game: "We put in a very complete performance, we had to suffer but we controlled the game well - especially at the start. We scored an early goal and as always, there were a few things that we were happy with but overall, the team played well".

Casemiro finishes off a great passing move against Deportivo
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Casemiro finishes off a great passing move against DeportivoLavandeira jrEFE

Madrid's patient passing game

The build-up for the second goal involved more than 40 touches: "That's what we want to do, and we have the players who can do that. When you pull off a goal like that where we finish off a move which we have prepared for and worked hard on in training, it's very satisfying and do do it against a rival like Deportivo isn't easy".

Plan A - possession: "It's what we are looking to do. It's about knowing when to hold back and attack less and recognizing the moment when we have to attack and be able to do so quickly on the counter attack. But let's not forget that we had a team in front of us who could have caused us problems".

Where to play Isco: "When we have the ball, he's free to roam, because he moves well between lines. But Isco can play in several different positions - in any of the three positions when we play three across the midfield".

Ramos sent off
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Zidane, not happy with Ramos sending off

Ramos' red card: "I am happy with how the game panned out but not with what happened with Sergio. In general terms we are happy as this isn't an easy ground to visit. Depor put us in difficulty and had their chances to score".

Possibility of players being loaned out: "Nobody has asked me if they can leave; this is exactly the squad I want and I hope it doesn't change although as we know, anything can happen up until August 31st".


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