Zidane lauds Real attitude

New Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has hailed the overall attitude of his team following Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna.

The former France international took charge his first game at the helm of the Galacticos this weekend, having replaced the sacked Rafael Benitez, and saw Gareth Bale score a hat-trick and Karim Benzema bag a brace.

And, speaking after the game, Zidane refrained from overly praising Bale, preferring instead to focus on the team performance, as well as the attitudes of those players on the bench.

Zidane said: “Gareth just has to do what I’ve asked everyone else to do, which is to defend without the ball and open the pitch up and play when we have it.

“Cristiano (Ronaldo) played really well too. He always feels he has to score because that’s what he likes to do but I thought he played well. I’m sure he’ll score in other games.

“Nothing has changed among the players. What’s changed is the coach, and I’m going to try and make them play in the best way possible.

“What I liked the most was the attitude. It’s not easy to win 5-0 and I was impressed with the attitude of those who played and those who didn’t.

“It pleased me a lot and you could feel it. The fans were always behind the team. There was a good atmosphere and we have to continue and think about our next game. Our plan is to play good football and win games.”