His next goal was of similar quality, curling the ball over the wall and into the top corner of the near post to score from a direct free-kick for the first time this season.
“For me it is the most important game because it is the next one”, said Zidane.
The Portuguese has since clarified his comments, insisting they were “misinterpreted” and related to fitness levels. You know about Cristiano, he is capable of scoring four goals, and few players can do that. People whistling from time to time is a part of football, not only at Cristiano. “We’ll see tomorrow and Monday for the match against Roma but I think he’s ready”.
Real Madrid, who are third in La Liga, host Roma on Wednesday morning (AEDT) in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round-of-16 tie, holding a 2-0 aggregate lead from the first match. The injuries will not change anything, we have other players.
Celta are at advantage facing Madrid since the Blancos striker Karim Benzema is out on an injury and fellow first-team regulars Marcelo, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric have just returned to training.
“I will stick with his performance”. “The supporters are demanding and always want more from the players”, Zidane was quoted as saying by goal.com.
The result moves Madrid onto 60 points – still nine behind leaders Barcelona and having played a game more.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Jese Rodriguez scored second-half goals at the Stadio Olimpico to put the Spanish side on course to reach the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier club competition.
Bale told the club website: “I’m really happy after several hard weeks”. There are phases to matches, and we played better in the second.
Roma also boosted their confidence for the task in Madrid with a 4-1 home win over Fiorentina in a key clash for third place in Serie A on Friday, including two goals from their quick winger Mohamed Salah, who played on loan at Fiore last season. Although it wasn’t a convincing win, Zidane’s side with the youngsters in it covered more ground that in their previous 26 league games this season.
In another very deliberate gesture, the forward mischievously waved his hand in front of his face as if to say, “You can’t see me!”
“We mustn’t say that they were in a bad way before, because that’s not the case, but with the work we’ve put in, we’re in good shape now”.