Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has expressed his delight with his game changing substitutions against Sporting Lisbon in the opening Group F match in the UEFA Champion League.
The Los Blancos struggled early on as Bruno Cesar pounced on a Luka Modric error to give the away side the lead but a fantastic freekick from the competitions all-time leading scorer Cristaino Ronaldo leveled scores before substitute Alvaro Morata snatched a late winner at the Bernabeu.
“We are happy because we kept going until the end, we didn’t give up. Sometimes you meet an opponent who play very well but our players were tremendous, they made an enormous effort and they got their just reward,” said Zidane.
“It’s a coach’s job to make substitutions and we’re happy that they paid off. You make substitutions in order to change the game and that’s what happened today.
“The three substitutes all gave us something when they came on. I’m happy with all three.
“This is Real Madrid and we know we can always turn things around in a minute. We played a little better after conceding and we finally did it.”
He continued: “They took it to us, especially in the first period. After they scored we took more control of the ball,” he continued. “I don’t know if the result was fair or not, but it’s clear we believed.
“It wasn’t a perfect match; you never see a perfect match but the important thing was to win. Later we’ll analyse things. There’s nothing in particular to single out what I didn’t like.
“We can play better, especially in the first half. There’s two sides playing and they went to war with us. It’s the Champions League; there’s nothing easy in football, especially the Champions League.”