Zidane: I had to make changes

Zinedine Zidane’s substitutions inspired Real Madrid to come back from two goals down to defeat Villarreal 3-2 at Estadio de la Cerámica on Sunday.

Los Blancos were trailing after Manuel Trigueros and Cedric Bakambu struck early in the second half, prompting Zidane to throw on Isco and Alvaro Morata in place of Casemiro and Karim Benzema.

"At 2-0 down we had to change something," Zidane said. "We did so and it worked out well for us. We made an attacking change and enjoyed more possession in their half."

Gareth Bale pulled one back soon afterwards and Cristiano Ronaldo equalised from the penalty spot before Morata scored an 83rd-minute winner.

"We knew that we were coming up against a good side, who have been doing fantastically well at home," Zidane continued.

"We had to be patient and our substitutions ended up changing the game. It was important for us to get the three points to remain top.

"There's no doubt that Isco and Morata deserve to get more minutes. They did very well and changed the game for us. I'm certain that we'll need to call on the whole squad.

"I gave Morata a couple of tactical bits of advice and told him he needed to be in the box to finish any chances and for him to stick on Bruno in the middle when we were defending. He got his goal and we're all happy."

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