Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has praised Borja Mayoral after the young striker scored and provided an assist in the 3-1 victory away to Real Sociedad last night. Zidane has the luxury of welcoming back Cristiano Ronaldo for the visit of Betis after he completed a five-game domestic ban for pushing a referee in the Spanish Super Cup. "I have always said we need to have patience with him", added the Frenchman. "We hope this is the last time we do not have him". "I see that Cristiano is happy, because what he likes is to play and to be with his team-mates". Tomorrow he's back at the Santiago Bernabeu and every player likes that.
Zidane also denied any lack of motivation in La Liga compared to Champions League, saying that the local league was "the most hard in the world".
"I'm not talking about Bale, I speak in general terms". There's nearly no player in the world who gets as many goals and as decisive ones as him and (Lionel) Messi.
The results: La Liga: Real Sociedad 1 (Rodrigues 28) lost to Real Madrid 3 (Mayoral 19, Rodrigues 36-og, Bale 61); Girona 0 lost to Sevilla 1 (Muriel 69); Las Palmas 1 (Remy 87) bt Athletic Bilbao 0.
"We saw it in the goal at the Anoeta".
"This stadium has whistled everyone - I do not think there is one player who has not faced it", he said. But technically he is very good and can play in any situation, without spaces too, because he's very able.
"We are at the beginning of the season and it will be very long".
Who will Zinedine Zidane pick to start for Real Madrid against Real Betis? "What matters is the day-to-day issues and I don't look beyond that".
Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo and Toni Kroos are set to return, but tests have shown that Theo Hernandez has a "partial-dislocation" of his right shoulder so the left-back joins Mateo Kovacic, Karim Benzema and Jesus Vallejo on the injured list.