Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid's 4-1 victory over Eibar was 'a good sign for us'
By Dan Long
Last Updated: 04/03/17 7:35pm
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says his side's 4-1 win over Eibar at the Ipurua Municipal was "a good sign for us".
Los Blancos had dropped off the pace in La Liga in recent weeks and the Frenchman had earlier refuted widespread claims of a crisis at the Bernabeu, notably after scraping a 3-3 draw at home to Las Palmas in midweek.
Though the trip to the Basque Country looked challenging on paper, with Los Armeros holding European aspirations for next season, Zidane's men ran out comfortable winners with two goals from Karim Benzema and strikes from Marco Asensio and James Rodriguez.
Benzema's goals were his first in the league since January 7 and only his sixth and seventh in La Liga all season, but speaking after the game, his manager had nothing but praise both for the frontman and his team-mates.
Zidane said: "I am happy for his game, for the two goals, and he was also involved in the other two. I am happy for him, and for all of them. We all played very well."
The win saw Madrid return to the summit as their game of cat-and-mouse with Barcelona continued and the former French international was quick to draw attention to the fact that no season will be ever be perfect, while praising Real's reaction to the recent setbacks.
"Over a season there will be moments when you must suffer, sometimes you will play badly. That is normal. A team cannot always play well. Today we played a very good game, serious and intense from the start," Zidane said.
"We know there are many games still to play. This is a good sign for us. They [Eibar] are a difficult team to play against, at set-pieces, second balls, but we were very focused on these things."
Real travel to Italy to face Napoli in their Champions League last-16 second leg next week, looking to build on their 3-1 aggregate lead.