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during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 2, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.

Zidane hails Ronaldo, team after Atleti win

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane praised Cristiano Ronaldo after his latest Champions League heroics on Tuesday night, but also congratulated his “brilliant” team.

Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick, a record-equalling seventh in the competition, as Madrid thrashed cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid 3-0 in the semi-final first leg.

“Cristiano is a goalscorer. He’s unique,” said Zidane post-match.

“All the players were brilliant. One player comes off and another one comes on and plays a great game.

“We knew what we had to do from the off and we played the game we wanted to.”

Zidane also singled out playmaker Isco, the Spanish international continuing his excellent form.

“Isco played as a number 10 and was fantastic. We then had width with [Lucas] Vazquez and [Marco] Asensio when they came on.

“In a defensive sense we were brilliant too. I’m very happy with everyone’s work.

“When you look at the game and the scoreline it means we played a great game. We still have the second leg. We will have to work hard and fight for it. We will suffer at their place, for sure.

“We’re content, very happy and we can enjoy it, but we still have a long way to go in the Champions League and LaLiga.

“I don’t think that we’re euphoric and imagining ourselves in the final. There’s no such thing as an easy game and we need to play a perfect game at their place in order to go through.

“I’m lucky to have these players. We try to play our football and enjoy ourselves. It works because we have great players with great attitudes,” he concluded.

 

 

Source: kwese Sports

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