Zidane: El Clasico win a turning point

Zinedine Zidane believes Real Madrid’s victory over Barcelona is “very important” for his team’s “spirit” for the remainder of the season.

Los Blancos started Saturday’s El Clasico at the Camp Nou as underdogs and it looked like it was a case of “here we go again” as they fell behind to a Gerard Pique header 11 minutes into the second half.

However, Karim Benzema levelled things up seven minutes later and Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal five minutes before the end handed Real Madrid the victory.

Manager Zidane hopes it will give them a boost, not only in the league, but also against Wolfsburg in the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.

“This can be a turning point – it is very important, for the rest of the season, for our spirit,” Zidane said. “And just before we play in the Champions League in Germany.

“Before the game, we wanted to keep doing what we are doing, preparing well. These are three points – it is a derbi, it is better to win it, but these are [just] three points.

“Now we must think about resting well, and the next game, which is very important for us, and for what we want to do.”

Real Madrid are now seven points behind Barca with only seven games left in La Liga, while the gap to second-placed Atletico Madrid is just one point.

“We are seven points back, now we must think about next game, which is not in La Liga,” Zidane said. “Then on Saturday we will think about La Liga [at home to Eibar], and the three points, just the same.

“Nothing else than thinking about winning the next game. First we must pass out Atletico Madrid, we are still third in the table. And nothing more.

“Then we will see what happens. There are still games to play. To win here is an enormous prize for all the players. They played an enormous game.”