Zinedine Zidane praises Real Madrid attitude after 3-2 win at Sporting Gijon
By Dan Long
Last Updated: 15/04/17 8:23pm
Zinedine Zidane was impressed with Real Madrid's character as they came from behind to beat strugglers Sporting Gijon 3-2.
The game's opener came from Croatian frontman Duje Cop, before Isco equalised three minutes later with an excellent solo effort. Mikel Vesga put Gijon in front again five minutes after half-time but Alvaro Morata again pegged back the relegation-threatened side nine minutes later.
Isco popped up again in the final minute of normal time to seal the victory and cap a fraught 90 minutes for Real, who are now six points clear of Barcelona in second, ahead of next weekend's crucial El Clasico.
It was a tough encounter at El Molinon for Zidane's men but after equalising twice, the Frenchman was overjoyed with the work the XI on the pitch produced to close out the game with a win.
He said: "In football there is no luck; there is a lot of work and effort every game. With the team we have, we can do damage to any side - our DNA at Real Madrid is to fight to the end and we have done that.
"We did very well from the first minute to the last, Sporting had two chances and scored two goals, we made many chances so the result is deserved."
Zidane made nine changes to the side that beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the Champions League in midweek, with only Sergio Ramos and Nacho retaining their places, but he added that he regularly feels a sense of unfairness towards those not in the starting lineup.
"He [Isco] had a great game, he gave the team victory with his second goal. He has the personality to do what he has done today and is a great player; I am happy with his game and also with the performance of the whole team.
"I feel unfair to all of those who do not play - there are 24 players and it will always happen. It is the difficulty of this job, having to leave very good footballers on the bench, but I have to make decisions."