Zidane praises Osasuna efforts

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has lavished praise of Osasuna and admits their 3-1 scoreline was a flattering result on the balance of play.

The Pamplona based side put in a spirited performance against the league leaders on Saturday evening at the Estadio El Sadar – holding Los Blancos to a 1-1 scoreline at the break.

Cristiano Ronaldo's 24th-minute opener was cancelled out by a composed finish from former Elche forward Sergio Leon ten minutes later but Real fought back in the second-half with goals from Isco and Lucas Vazquez.

Nonetheless, Zidane was impressed by the 20th placed side's performance as they continue to fight relegation, eight points from safety.

"The difference in points between the two teams playing was nowhere to be seen," the Frenchman told Movistar Partidazo. "It was competitive and difficult.

"We suffered here. The points difference between teams can mean little on the pitch. Every rival will make it difficult."

Los Blancos are currently in first place, a single point ahead of Barcelona – with two games in hand.