Zidane praises Real intensity

14 May 2021 21:17:42 GMTPlus10
Midfielder Luka Modric scored the Real Madrid opener at Granada.

Zinedine Zidane praised the "character" of his Real Madrid side after Thursday's 4-1 win over Granada kept their La Liga title hopes very much alive.

Defending champions Real are 4.33 to win La Liga with Atletico Madrid - two points clear with two games to go - 1.20 and third-placed Barcelona 51.00 shots.

There are two games left and we'll go to the end, until the final minute, we'll give it our all.

Zinedine Zidane

Goals from Luka Modric and Rodrygo gave Real a 2-0 half-time lead at Granada, but Zidane was particularly impressed with his players' response when the hosts pulled a goal back with 20 minutes to go.

That could have set up a tense finale to the must-win game for Real, but within five minutes they were 4-1 up thanks to strikes from Alvaro Odriozola and top scorer Karim Benzema.

Real are still reliant on Atleti slipping up in their final two fixtures at home to Osasuna and away to struggling Valladolid, but Zidane is focused on taking maximum points from his side's games against Athletic Bilbao and Europa League finalists Villarreal.

After a patchy start to the season, Real have lost only once in their last 26 league matches, a run which includes December's 3-1 home win over Sunday's opponents Bilbao.

Speaking after the win in Granada, Zidane told reporters: "It's not just about the goals. We played very well, defensively too. We started the game very well, it was a complete performance.

"I say that because at 1-2 we didn't let our intensity drop, we scored again quickly and that shows our character.

"We'll keep going. There are two games left and we'll go to the end, until the final minute, we'll give it our all."

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