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REAL MADRID boss ZIDANE on Liga win: "All our struggles paid off"

17.07.2020 13.59 by Claudio Colla  read 451
Source: realmadrid.com
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Commenting upon Real Madrid winning their 34th La Liga title, Blancos boss, Zinedine Zidane, stated:

"I feel so lucky to be with this great club, and with these players, who fought hard to reach out to such an achievement, after the lockdown. It's a huge accomplishment, a constant battle, and it's incredibly emotional to have got this far. There are 38 games, and only at the end can you achieve something great like today. I'm extremely thankful to the players, first and foremost, because they're the ones fighting out on the pitch. I have my role and I'm with them, but it's a team effort. It's very tough to win the Spanish league, very tough indeed.

People discussing whether it's a well-deserved title or not? Everyone is entitled to their opinion, especially when you're at Real Madrid, because that's the way it is. That doesn't make me any more or less happy. When there is criticism, all I can do is try and do my job. I'm passionate, and I want to cheer our ten wins from ten games, which is a tremendous accomplishment. One's first Liga title is wonderful, of course, but this one has a special taste to it after two months at home. Then we came back, and we had to work with a different method. Eventually, all our struggles paid off.

I have a good relationship with the players. As it should be, every day and whatever happens, even at the most difficult times. We've had tough times ,even though we've won a lot, but the relationship has always been good with everyone. They're extremely professional and respectful, but what I'm most concerned with is the relationships they have with each other. You highlight Sergio Ramos. He is our leader, he drives the team on. We all bring something different to the team but he's our captain. We have four captains, with Marcelo, Varane, and Benzema, but it's true that Sergio is our leader. I think every single madridista feels represented by Sergio in every sense.

The toughest thing was the game before the confinement when we lost against Betis, because after having beaten Barcelona at home, that was a real setback. We then were all stuck at home for two months, and when we came back it was something else. We've come back with renewed energy, we wanted to do things properly again and prepare, train well and strongly, and we've managed 10 wins in the 10 games. Ultimately I'm more relaxed after what we've achieved, and the Betis game is no longer on my mind

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