Zinedine Zidane praises his Real Madrid side for ‘well deserved victory’ in El Clasico against Barcelona

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Zinedine Zidane praises his Real Madrid side for ‘well-deserved’ El Clasico victory … but admits they are running empty after beating Barcelona and Liverpool in the same week with an Anfield trip ahead

  • Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid side beat Liverpool and Barcelona this week
  • However, the Frenchman admitted that his club stars are now deflating
  • Ronald Koeman believes that two referee decisions cost his party in El Clasico
  • He said that Ferland Mendy brushing Martin Braithwaite’s arm was a penalty

Zinedine Zidane greeted his players after they made it to the Liverpool-Barcelona double, but admitted that his team is now almost empty.

“We’ve had two big results, but we have to keep going,” said the Real Madrid coach after a 2-1 win that put them on top.

‘I don’t know how we will end the season, because we are physically at our limit. We’re struggling to finish games, but we’re still here [in the league and Champions League] but we are at our limit. ‘

Zinedine Zidane saluted his players after they hit the Liverpool-Barcelona double

Zinedine Zidane saluted his players after they hit the Liverpool-Barcelona double

However, the Frenchman admitted that his Real Madrid stars are running low

However, the Frenchman admitted that his Real Madrid stars are running low

However, the Frenchman admitted that his Real Madrid stars are running low

Despite concerns about his players during the season, Zidane ended the game a happy man.

“We had chances to get the third, but in the end this was a well-deserved win,” he said.

And speaking of Karim Benzema’s brilliant opening goal, he said: ‘That’s the quality he has. And I am happy for him. I’m just happy for the players, it’s a group that stays together. ‘

Ronald Koeman spoke for Zidane and walked away from his post-match interview, furious about two referee decisions that he believed cost Barcelona de Clasico.

Zidane also kept praise for Karim Benzema after scoring a brilliant opener in El Clasico

Zidane also kept praise for Karim Benzema after scoring a brilliant opener in El Clasico

Zidane also kept praise for Karim Benzema after scoring a brilliant opener in El Clasico

Ronald Koeman was furious about two referee decisions that he believed cost Barcelona

Ronald Koeman was furious about two referee decisions that he believed cost Barcelona

Ronald Koeman was furious about two referee decisions that he believed cost Barcelona

Ferland Mendy certainly hit Martin Braithwaite’s arm deep in the second half, but the Danish forward already seemed to rush off the field and contact was minimal.

Koeman did not see it that way. “It’s a clear penalty,” he told Movistar’s pitchside interviewer. He then asked the reporter what he thought and when he was told that the referee and VAR had seen the incident and made their decision, Koeman took his leave.

Later in his press conference, when it was brought to him that Real Madrid had been penalized earlier in the season for minimal contact in the area, Koeman said: ‘I better not talk about that issue anymore. I said what I wanted to say. ‘

Koeman said Ferland Mendy's brushing Martin Braithwaite's arm was a clear penalty

Koeman said Ferland Mendy's brushing Martin Braithwaite's arm was a clear penalty

Koeman said Ferland Mendy’s brushing Martin Braithwaite’s arm was a clear penalty

Barcelona may have had many more justified complaints about the added time. Referee Jesus Gil Manzano added just four minutes, despite appearing to eat at least two minutes when he had to replace his soggy communication equipment late in the game.

Koeman said: ‘It was not good to only add four minutes when the referee had changed at least twice [his equipment]The Barça coach was also critical of his own team, saying, “We were not good in the first half, neither on defense nor on offense.”

When asked about the referee’s decisions, Zidane added, “ If the referee doesn’t give the penalty, it’s because he doesn’t think it’s a penalty kick. And the added time, again, it is the referee who decides. ‘

Barcelona may have had many more justified complaints about the added time

Barcelona may have had many more justified complaints about the added time

Barcelona may have had many more justified complaints about the added time

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