Zidane praise for Real goals

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane said the injury to Raphael Varane was the only negative following their 3-2 Champions League defeat of Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

Varane was replaced by Marco Asensio on 38 minutes with Real already two-nil up with goals from Borja Mayoral (8) and Cristiano Ronaldo (12).

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (43, 48) then scored either side of half-time to draw Dortmund level, ahead of an 81st-minute winner from Lucas Vázquez.

Real were already consigned to a second-placed finish in Group H behind Tottenham Hotspur before the start of play, as Dortmund settled for a spot in the Europa League.

After the game, the Real boss told the club’s official website: “We got off to a very good start, scoring twice in the opening few minutes.

“We then had a tough spell following the injury to Varane. The final half an hour of the second period was very good, with Lucas (Vázquez) playing in his position and (Dani) Ceballos doing well out there.

“We put in a good performance. Scoring three goals is always an achievement.”

Zidane added: “I imagine that we’ll be in a very strong position in February when the last-16 games come around. We’ve now got some good days ahead of us and I’m sure that after the holidays and the break in action, we’ll be in good shape.

“On Monday we’ll find out which opponents we face, but we know that it’ll be a tough team. I don’t care who we get.”

On the injury to Varane, Zidane explained: “He’s hurt himself and tomorrow he’ll go for a scan.

“He has said that it’s nothing major, but we’ll have to wait and see. He won’t be fit for Saturday, that’s for sure.”