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Zidane reflects on Valverde red card and impact of win

Real Madrid's manager spoke after the team won the Spanish Super Cup and admitted their was a concern at half-time about where the goals were coming from.


Zinedine Zidane spoke in the flash interview after the victory over Atlético Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup. Following 120 minutes with neither side able to score, Real Madrid kept their nerve to secure the trophy on penalties. This had been preceded by a sending off for Fede Valverde for a professional foul. The Frenchman has been manager in a final nine times and has won them all, and here is what he had to say.

Zidane after Real Madrid glory

On Valverde's play

"He has won the MVP trophy and I'm pleased for him. He did a great job, like everyone else. I'm sure he wants to share it with all his teammates."

On Valverde's red card

"In the end it is what it is; he did what he had to do. It is an ugly foul but it had to be done at that time. He did it well. In the end the important thing is that he has apologised to Morata because they know each other very well."

On whether 'finals are not played, they are won'

"We are all here, those who didn't play, those who are here... It is true that [phrase] is said."

Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane subs out Isco.
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Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane subs out Isco.FAYEZ NURELDINEAFP

On how it has been possible to have played nine finals and won them all

"I don't know. This club is like that. We always want it. You have to be patient, At half-time there was a bit of unrest because we didn't know how we were going to score. We were against a good team. You have to believe until the end and that's what we did."

On whether the game Was as expected and if penalties had been considered

"Yes, always. In football you never know what will happen. In the end we got it, and we are happy because [winning] a title is never easy."

On this title affecting the rest of the season

"we have to keep working. We won today, we have to enjoy that and be happy. We have the return trip, some rest and then we play again. We can't think of relaxing. We are happy, we have to enjoy it, but there is a lot still in LaLiga, the Champions League, the Copa... It is all very long."


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