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Zidane: This was the most complete game of the season

Madrid delivered at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, with Karim Benzema heading in the goals in the first half, needing a win to guarantee their place in the Champions League last 16.

As they claimed a crucial 2-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach, Zinedine Zidane felt Real Madrid had produced their most complete performance of the season.

However, as Madrid progressed through a 29th consecutive Champions League group stage, the outcome always seemed safe, with Gladbach also advancing after Inter and Shakhtar Donetsk drew 0-0.

While goalkeeper Yann Sommer made flying saves to deny Sergio Ramos and Toni Kroos to keep the score down, Benzema, Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez all hit the woodwork.

Failure to go through might well have seen the position of Zidane become untenable, and the boss of Madrid was pleased with the way his side performed under pressure.

He said as quoted by Marca, “This was the objective: to finish first. From the first minute to the last, we played a spectacular game. We were really good at interpreting the game.”

“This was the most complete game of the season, I think. I was a player and it’s impossible to play all the time like this. We’re trying to but every now and then…

We’re not just performing under pressure; we’ve also played other good games. It’s true this team has that [quality]: it appears when the difficulties are great.”

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Zidane: This was the most complete game of the season

“For the players, I’m happy because they are the most important thing. I struggle with them and I’m happy for them. It was a fine game.”

Benzema’s pair of headers means that in all competitions this season, the most common of any LaLiga player, he has been involved in eleven goals.

In the group stages, the striker’s double took his tally to 51 goals, a figure only bettered by Raul (53), Cristiano Ronaldo (67), and Lionel Messi (71).

“It was a difficult game,” said Benzema. We had a good start, we were eager to win and to show that we were the best and we were going to work together to win this match.”

“We get goals when we give everything on the pitch and we could have more. If we’re always going to play like today.”

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