Zidane hails ‘f***ing fantastic’ Real title winners

Date published: Monday 22nd May 2017 9:20

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane hailed his side’s first La Liga title in five years after a 2-0 win in Malaga on Sunday.

Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema ensured Real claimed the points they needed to hold off Barcelona and take the crown for the first time since 2012.

And afterwards Zidane admitted it was imperative that a club of Real’s stature should re-assert their domestic dominance.

In an on-pitch interview reported by Marca, Zidane said: “It was very important (to win the league). It was a lot of years without winning it and we knew that the league is everything.

“For Real Madrid, because it is the best club in the world, we have to return with this league title.”

Ronaldo produced another leading performance for his side having settled any early nerves by firing them in front after just two minutes.

Zidane said he would let the title celebrations sink in before he switches his thoughts towards the upcoming Champions League final against Juventus in Cardiff.

He added: “Now we can celebrate – we have to go to [the city centre] because we have to think about all the people that are part of the club. Later we will prepare for the final.”

In his post-match press conference, Zidane delved further:

“As a trainer, there is nothing better. Professionally, it is the happiest day of my life. There are still things to be achieved but today, it is the happiest I have ever been professionally.

“The players deserve it. Everyone suffered, fought and ran and I am delighted for everyone. Everyone has been important. The key to everything with this team is that. Everyone is important and they were f***ing fantastic.”

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