Zinedine Zidane was satisfied after Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Liverpool and made no secret of his joy at the role Vinicius played in the merengue victory with his two touchdowns.
“I’m happy, because (Vinicius) needed to score like Marco or Karim. He’s playing well, he’s helping the team and when he scores a goal, he gives him more energy,” said the French coach.
The duel began with a monologue by the whites. First, with a goal from Vinicius and then with another from Asensio after an error by Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, for Real Madrid to go into halftime with a clear advantage.
Varane’s coronavirus leave, according to Zidane, did not disrupt his initial plan.
“We have not changed anything, we have only changed Eder Militao for Varane, (formation) 4-3-3. We have not changed anything that we prepare,” Zidane insisted.
The merengue coach also stressed that his initial reading of the game with the balls behind the back of the “net” fans was the right one.
“Their full-backs are very offensive players and we have done well in that sense, taking advantage of the quality we have with Toni Kroos and Vini and their speed,” he explained in relation to his approach.
In the second half, Liverpool took a step forward, which ended with Mohamed Salah’s goal that brought them closer, but, from that moment, the Madrid team returned to control the duel to score the third, when Vinicius did not miss inside the area after an assist from Luka Modric.
“In the second half, they shot once and scored the goal. It’s complicated, but I don’t have to say anything, “said Zidane in relation to the reaction of the English team. “We went out under pressure, we arrived a little late, there is a rejection for them and that’s it. They are things that come and that can happen, but I prefer my team, with what we did ”.
Real Madrid will travel to Anfield next week to play the second leg against Liverpool on Wednesday.