Zinedine Zidane warns about the physical capabilities of his team.
Zinedine Zidane has admitted his Real Madrid side need time to recover from their 2-1 win over Barcelona at Estadio Di Stefano on Saturday.
The victory comes just four days after beating Liverpool at the same venue and another four days before facing Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield. Saturday’s win against Barcelona takes Los Blancos to the top of La Liga for the first time since Matchday 5.
“It doesn’t change anything, there is still a long way to go,” said Zidane while on top. “We have to rest after today. It has been two grueling games. Now we have to rest.
“I don’t know how we’re going to end the season. “Physically, we are at our limit.” Even during the second half of El Clasico, Zidane took the opportunity to rest some of his key players.
“I’m happy for the players,” Zidane said. “We made a lot of changes today. Mariano, [Alvaro] Odriozola, Isco, Marcelo … “
“Everyone is engaged. Everyone wants to play. That’s what’s good about this team. “We are all together here. I am the only one responsible, but I am happy for them [les joueurs]. We won together. “
Zidane’s counterpart, Ronald Koeman, has expressed frustration with the lack of a penalty given to his team for a charge by Ferland Mendy on Martin Braithwaite. “Everyone has their own feelings,” Zidane said. “I think if the referee didn’t give a penalty, it’s because it’s not a penalty. The important thing is what we did on the pitch today. We suffered because Barcelona are a great team, you can’t say it’s the referee [qui a décidé du match]. “