Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane admitted “this is not a brilliant period for us” but maintained the three points were all important after their hard fought 2-1 La Liga win at Alaves on Saturday.
On his first La Liga start, Dani Ceballos opened the scoring on 10 minutes with a neat 15-yard finish as Zidane’s side dominated proceedings. The summer signing then made it 2-1 just before the break from the edge of the area, moments after Alaves captain Manu Garcia had surprisingly equalised by heading in Munir El Haddadi’s cross.
The second half was a closer affair, with Cristiano Ronaldo twice denied by the post, and Alaves substitute Alfonso Pedraza also hitting the woodwork twice at the other end.
With the defending champions having climbed to fourth in the table, Zidane told his postgame news conference that Madrid had suffered at times, and again lamented their inability to put away the many chances they created.
“It was not easy, this is not a brilliant period for us,” Zidane said. “But we got the three points, and will have much better days in how we play. But we must congratulate the lads, as they make an effort every three days.
“We deserved to win, but this is football and for us two goals is not many with all the chances we had. We must come through this moment. We will play better other days.”