Real Madrid had to dig deep to stop a stubborn and ard fighting Sporting side in the two teams UEFA Champions League clash at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday 14 September.
Real went behind on the 47th minute courtesy of Bruno Cesar’s goal but fought hard to equalize on the 88th minute through Cristiano Ronaldo before Alvaro Morata won it in the fifth minute of time added on.
Speaking after the match, Real Madrid manager Zidane lauded his charges, stating that he did not expect an easy game and will happily take in the result even as Real were expected to win easily.
“We are Madrid. We know that every game will be difficult. But we also know that in any moment we can make the difference. In a game like today, when it seems it will be difficult, we get the three points.
“I stick with that — it makes me smile and be relaxed. We cannot win every game 5-0. That does not exist. Today we suffered, but we got the win.”
The Frenchman was so overtaken by the late win that he even spoke for the fans as he pointed at his team’s character.
“The fans like it this way,” he said. “Sometimes they go home and say it was just an easy win. I don’t know if you can say it was a fair result or not. But we knew we could always do something. We showed character, and the effort was tremendous from them all, and they got their reward.”