Real Madrid manager Zinédine Zidane has hailed his team’s patience and cohesion as they made the most of their chances in Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Roma.
Second-half goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and substitute Jesé earned Zinédine Zidane’s side a hard-fought victory in Rome.
The victory leaves Zidane and his men well placed as they are now one foot in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals to the delight of the former World Footballer of the Year.
“We played a lot better than we have done in other away matches. It’s important to score and keep a clean sheet in the Champions League and we did both. It was a difficult game against a good side. The first half was tough but we played much better after the break.
“We scored two goals and we could have had even more, but Roma had chances too. To score two away from home, without conceding any, is very important.” Zidane is quoted as saying on UEFA.com
The Stadio Olimpico in Rome did not witness a shot on target until the 57th minute but it was worth waiting for as Marcelo released Cristiano Ronaldo for a trademark strike, cutting in from the left. Roma rallied yet could not find an equalizer and substitute Jesé rounded off Zinédine Zidane’s coaching debut in the competition in style.