Why Was Zinedine Zidane All Praise For Midfielders Over Real’s 3-1 Win Over Atalanta?
Real Madrid’s sweeping victory over Atalanta made it easy for them to enter the quarterfinals of the competition. They were playing the second leg of their UEFA Championship League last-16 tie and they needed to win the match. And they did so by beating Atalanta with 3-1. It was a big feat for Real Madrid after 2018.
Midfielders did the job
Real players displayed excellent football but it was the midfielders Luka Modric and Toni Kroos that were the real stars. Real manager Zinedine Zidane praised his midfield generals by calling Modric and Kroos the double pivot and said that they were phenomenal that night. He further said that Modric was 35 but he didn’t show that on the ground. The manager praised Modric as an exceptional player.
What did Modric say about his age?
The midfielder Modric said that he was 35 but he felt like he was only 27. He further said that one shouldn’t look at the age. It was all about how players perform on the ground, regardless of age. He was hungry for more, to continue playing at the highest level and he felt great, maintained Modric.
Who were the goal scorers?
The first goal came in the 34th minute when Karim Benzema shot the ball directly to the goalpost. It was his sixth goal in five matches. Sergio Ramos scored the second goal in the 60th minute and substitute Marco Asensio scored the third goal in the 83rd minute soon after Luis Muriel scored the only goal for Atalanta.