MADRID – Zinedine Zidane breathed easy after Real Madrid’s victory over Eibar by 2 goals to 0 and underlined the importance of defensive strength.

The Frenchman opted for a system with three centrals, (Ferland Mendy, Nacho and Eder Militao) with Marcelo and Lucas Vázquez as lanes. For the Frenchman, keeping a clean sheet is a priority in this section of the season.

“We defend well, our goal has been zero. We started with three centrals with Marcelo and Lucas as lanes, but then with the ball we can change, each one can contribute in different positions.”

The goals came from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema. Regarding the Mallorcan, Zidane said that confidence has been key to continue progressing to the current level he demonstrated against Eibar.

“Confidence gives him energy. I’m happy for his goal, I see him well, like the whole team. For Tuesday I hope Fede and Eden Hazard can return. This has not been possible today, I hope they can be there on Tuesday”, Zidane yearned.

With today’s victory, Real Madrid stands with 63 points, three behind Atlético de Madrid, who will have to play at Sevilla FC tomorrow. Zidane insisted on the need to keep your feet on the ground without looking at the other teams.

“We do not look at that and we go day by day. Today’s game we did very well, starting very seriously and in the end it is about that. We have to recover well, but without thinking about one competition or the other, we are alive in two competitions and it is the important thing ”, finished the French.