Zidane: In the end it was Keylor Navas that saved us
Keylor Navas was both hero and villain during Real Madrid’s 2-1 LaLiga victory over Real Betis on Sunday evening, but coach Zinedine Zidane preferred to praise his performance.
The Costa Rican goalkeeper made both an error and match-winning save in stoppage time, and could have even picked up a red card for good measure.
He was guilty of fumbling a shot into the back of his own net to give the visitors an unlikely lead at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, but was later on hand to make a full-stretch save to deny Antonio Sanabria an equaliser at the death.
“At the interval I didn’t say anything to him,” Zinedine Zidane said in his post-match press conference.
?”It is part of the game, he can make a mistake like everyone else.
“At the end, he saved the game for us and I, like all of the players, are still in support of Keylor.
“I didn’t see the replays [for Navas’ potential red card], I can’t say anything about it.”
Zidane was pleased to get another three points on the board, regardless of those who may criticise the nature of Real’s win, and targeted improvements in open play.
“Real Madrid can score at any given moment, you have to have a cool head,” he continued.
“At the end we won due to a set play, from which we are very strong, but I would like to score more goals in other ways, from open play.
“I’m sure that many are annoyed by Real Madrid, but it is normal, it’s our identity and we annoy a lot of people.
“On reflection it’s good because we took three points, we struggled at the end but I am happy and have to praise the players.
“We had a lot of patience and the final result is fair, there were moments that we struggled but it’s normal.
“At the end of the day we are happy with the result, but the pressure within games isn’t going to end here – it will remain.”
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