After two deflating draws against Valencia and Levante, Borja Mayoral spearheaded Real Madrid’s return to winning ways, yet Zinedine Zidane admitted he was more impressed by the work the forward did for his team than his opening goal.
Following a disappointing season on loan with Wolfsburg, Mayoral returned to Santiago Bernabeu hoping he could take the position of the departing Alvaro Morata.
In his post-match press-conference, the French coach made clear that he was impressed by the work the 20-year-old got through on Sunday evening.
“He is part of the squad, he is young but I knew he could play an important role, for him the goal is very important but I was impressed by the work he has done, how he moved and helped his team,” he explained.
Gareth Bale responded to recent criticism by adding Los Blancos’ third goal with a quite sumptuous chipped effort, Zidane praised the Welsh forward after the game, noting that it wasn’t easy for him to perform with such criticism over his recent performances.
“I’m very happy because there has been a lot of talk about him [Bale], but he has shown exactly how good he is tonight, we have to be patient with him.”
Real Sociedad’s wonderful attacking football has been one of the highlights of the LaLiga campaign so far yet Real Madrid were able to stifle them, a feat that was not lost on the 45-year-old.
“We know that Real get you into trouble if you leave spaces in behind, they make things difficult but we put good players in our defensive line and managed to stop them.”