The Real Madrid coach lamented the decision and stated that he did not believe his player dived. “As always, I’m not going to get involved in discussing the work of the referee,” the Frenchman told reporters. “We played a great game, but what annoyed me was Cristiano Ronaldo’s dismissal.
Cristiano Ronaldo stole as many headlines as he could during Sunday night’s Supercopa de Espana first leg, scoring after being substituted on and then earning two yellow cards in the space of a couple of minutes, a sending off which frustrated his boss Zinedine Zidane.
“Maybe there’s no penalty, but to show a card [for alleged diving] was a little harsh.”However, we cannot change that, even if we’ll try to have him available for Wednesday.
“While the coach may not have been happy about going down to 10 men, he was pleased with the way those remaining responded.”With 10 men we fought and we believed in the victory right to the end,” he said.”This, though, was only one game and now there is the return leg.
“We are happy with the result, but the tie is not decided and we have to play on Wednesday.”We’ll enjoy tonight and then from tomorrow we’ll start working towards Wednesday.”Analysing the match and the performance of certain individuals, Zidane spoke specifically about the performance of Marco Asensio, the third goalscorer, while emphasising the importance of the whole team’s contribution.
“What Asensio did does not surprise me,” he said. “He does everything phenomenally, possessing quality, breaking through lines and shooting phenomenally.”We are happy with him, as we are with everyone. “There is no A or B team here.”Everybody works the same and then we have to select a team and make changes.”The good thing is that everyone delivers, whether they play 30, 60 or 90 minutes.”As well as picking out Asensio for extra praise, Zidane also talked about how pleased he was by Mateo Kovacic and Isco’s displays.