Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane hails complete performance


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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was quick to praise his team after claiming they produced a “complete performance” to overcome Sevilla on Saturday.

The reigning La Liga champions won their second game in a row and extended their unbeaten run to eight matches.

Centre-back Nacho opened the scoring inside the third minute from a corner before a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo put them in complete control.

Further goals from Toni Kroos and youngster Achraf Hakimi ensured Madrid were 5-0 up at half-time, before they took their foot off the gas in the second 45 minutes.

Saturday’s win moved them to within five points of Barcelona but their closest rivals do have a game in hand.

Zidane’s men will now fly out to the United Arab Emirates to play in the FIFA Club World Cup next week where they will take on Al Jazira.

Winger Gareth Bale is expected to return from injury, while defender Raphael Varane should also be fit after missing the win over Sevilla.

Zidane was quick to praise his team after a disappointing few weeks in front of goal and he is now relishing the chance to win another Club World Cup.

He told the club’s official website: “We can be very pleased because putting five past Sevilla was no mean feat. It was a very complete performance.

“We did very well and it was very important for morale to get the three points before going away to prepare for the game on Wednesday (in the Club World Cup).

“Everyone thinks that it’ll be easy (in the United Arab Emirates), but it won’t be.

We are going to travel tomorrow (Sunday) and we want to do a good job and win another trophy.”

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