Zi­dane be­lieves Real Madrid are ca­pa­ble of ‘great things’

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Real Madrid warmed up for their crunch meet­ing against Barcelona by thrash­ing Sevilla 4-0 on Sun­day and coach Zine­dine Zi­dane be­lieves his team "can do great things" if they match the per­for­mance they pro­duced against Unai Emery's side. Zi­dane was able to start Gareth Bale, Karim Ben­zema and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo to­gether for the first time since Jan. 17 and he high­lighted the im­pact his three key for­wards had on the game.

"It's only the third time (since he be­came coach) we've had them play­ing and it's so im­por­tant to have all your play­ers avail­able, it gives you a big boost," he said. French striker Ben­zema marked his re­turn from three weeks out with a ham­string prob­lem by meet­ing a cross from Bale on the half vol­ley to put Madrid ahead af­ter six min­utes. Ron­aldo made up for a penalty miss by dou­bling the home side's lead mid­way through the se­cond half be­fore Ben­zema teed up Bale for Madrid's third, which saw the Wales winger be­come the all­time top scor­ing Bri­tish player in La Liga. Sub­sti­tute Jese net­ted late on to com­plete the rout. "If we play like this all the time we can do great things and the play­ers know it," Zi­dane told a news con­fer­ence.

"But ev­ery game is dif­fer­ent and we need to put in the same lev­els of in­ten­sity and have the same com­mit­ment in all of them. If we do that I'll have noth­ing to be wor­ried about." Should all his play­ers re­turn from in­ter­na­tional duty un­scathed, Zi­dane can take a full squad to the Nou Camp on April 2 to face arch ri­vals Barcelona, who blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Vil­lar­real on Sun­day. Al­though Luis En­rique's side sit 10 points above his side, Zi­dane is feel­ing op­ti­mistic about the game.

"It's al­ways best to go af­ter a vic­tory and we have proved a lot to­day," he added. "It's a dif­fer­ent game, a spe­cial game. We know we're ready. It'll be a great game be­tween two great teams."

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