23rd September, 2019
It was surely a night to remember for Real Madrid fans on Sunday as their darling team bounced back to winning ways far away in Sevilla as they defeated their hosts by a very important goal scored by the so much disrespected striker, Karim Benzema.
The importance of that goal and win for Real Madrid over a team like Sevilla cannot be over-emphasised after days of turbulence in the team’s camp as it brought a huge relief and breathing space especially for the under fire coach, Zinedine Zidane.
As expected, the the coach has been talking about the outcome of the match and what it means to him personally.
He admitted that the 1-0 win over Sevilla on Sunday left him more satisfied than any of the results he has achieved in his second spell at the Real Madrid helm.
It is a well known fact that Zidane had come in for increasing scrutiny following the 3-0 Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, but Karim Benzema’s second-half header against Sevilla meant they returned to winning ways in LaLiga.
The hosts, Sevilla had won the previous four LaLiga encounters between the two in Andalusia, but they were unable to muster a single shot on target in this particular game, with Madrid boosted by captain Sergio Ramos’ return to their defence.
When asked if this game was the best of his second stint having returned in March, Zidane replied: “Yes, it is the game that leaves me the most satisfied since I came back.
“They have all helped each other on the field. We had complicated moments, but the solidarity that existed in those moments is obvious. This field is difficult.”
The trio of Eden Hazard, James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale all failed to impress in an attacking sense in the victory, though Zidane was quick to highlight the other side of their games.
“We know we can create danger, but everyone’s defensive work has been the key to winning,” Zidane added.
“The three in particular have done it defending a lot. In a difficult game like today, everything had to be done.”
Sergio Ramos said Real Madrid were “hungry and angry to win” as they beat Sevilla and bounced back from their loss to Paris Saint-Germain.
The 3-0 loss to PSG in the Champions League in midweek had left Madrid with just two wins from their opening five games in all competitions, raising some serious questions about head coach Zinedine Zidane’s future.
This time around however, Karim Benzema’s 64th-minute header ensured Los Blancos got back to winning ways against the previously unbeaten Sevilla as Zidane’s men moved level with early leaders Athletic Bilbao on 11 points from five LaLiga matches.
The Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who missed the PSG loss through suspension, claimed Madrid’s desire for success cannot be questioned.
“We have achieved the goal and managed to be calm for a week, after all that has been said,” Ramos told Movistar.
“Madrid is always hungry and angry to win. The team is always very optimistic. The team’s getting better.
“We are tied with Athletic on the table and we have to keep trying to improve as a team and above all take advantage of the occasions like today.”
“We knew the difficulty of the game,” Ramos added.
“It had been years since the team [Sevilla] did not win here. We have come with a very strong mentality, with the intention of committing the minimum possible errors.”
Is this win a flash in the pan for Real Madrid or a true resurgence of their real form that can now be built on or not? The next few days and games will surely tell in this regard.