Zidane avoids LaLiga title talk as Real Madrid move closer to glory
Zidane spoke to the media following Real Madrid's 1-2 win at Granada but didn't want to prematurely mention LaLiga, with his team needing one win to lift the title.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insisted his team are still not guaranteed LaLiga even after the league leaders took another giant step towards the title. Madrid are now just one win away from dethroning two-time defending champions Barcelona following Monday's 1-2 victory away at Granada.
Real Madrid could be crowned champions on Thursday
Ferland Mendy's first goal for Madrid and a Karim Benzema strike restored Madrid's four-point advantage over rivals Barça with two matches remaining. Madrid can clinch just a second league title in eight seasons at home to Villarreal on Thursday, but Zidane avoided premature talk of the title post-match.
"We had a very good first half, impressive with the ball," he told reporters after the game. "The second half wasn't as good but that's because our opponents played. To get somewhere in LaLiga, you have to suffer a bit and we came through it was a team. We have to be proud of the team. We're got two games left and we haven't won anything yet. That's the reality, but there are six points left. When we started the season, we wanted to win LaLiga, but it hasn't arrived just yet."
Granada make Madrid suffer
Madrid raced out to a two-goal lead after just 16 minutes through Mendy and Benzema, but the visitors were made to work by Granada. Mendy slammed home a brilliant finish from a tight angle in the 10th minute to become the 21st Madrid player to score in LaLiga this season, while Benzema increased his top-flight tally this term to 19 six minutes later. Granada's Darwin Machis reduced the deficit five minutes into the second half, however, Madrid survived to close in on LaLiga.
"I shouted because I was happy and because you suffer in football," Zidane, who was heard screaming following the final whistle, added. "It was normal to shout because they were three very important points. I shouted to tell my players that they'd have an impressive game. I'm happy for them."
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