Zinedine Zidane believes his Real Madrid midfield stars have rediscovered their best form after an influential display in their 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid.
Madrid took the lead through Casemiro’s header and then extended their advantage courtesy of a Jan Oblak own goal in the second half.
Zidane was particularly taken by the displays of Modric and Kroos, with the World Cup winner completing 87 of 90 passes, the most in a league Madrid derby since at least 2005-06.
“We used Modric and Kroos to find the way out, it’s true,” said Zidane, who is unbeaten in seven games against Atleti. “We had to do it.
“And then playing fast from one side to the other and with diagonals, we found gaps. They’re f*cking great, they’re exceptional.
“Karim Benzema, too, and Lucas Vazquez, he is phenomenal, and Dani Carvajal, and our captain Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane. They are all very good.”
The coach was further asked about the trio in the centre of the pitch, who now have competition in the form of Federico Valverde and Martin Odegaard.
“They are at the level of the three Champions Leagues we won in a row,” he said. “They are playing at a very high level.”
Victory against Atleti brought to an end an extremely successful week, with Madrid having also won 1-0 at Sevilla and 2-0 against Borussia Monchengladbach to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.
“We confirmed what we did in the two previous games,” said the coach, whose side restricted Atleti to one shot on target across the 90 minutes and no efforts at all before half-time.
“We competed very well throughout the game.
“But we don’t have anything to celebrate because we haven’t won anything. It’s a good week.
Source : goal.com