Zinedine Zidane has urged Real Madrid to keep going after they equaled Barcelona’s Spanish record of going 39 games unbeaten.
2016 Champions League winners Real Madrid battered Granada 5-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu to extend their lead over second-placed Barcelona to six points on the La Liga table. In doing so, Los Blancos also equaled Barca’s 39-match unbeaten run.
The hosts ran riot from the start and it took them just 12 minutes to draw first blood. Due to the absence of Gareth Bale who is out for at least another month through injury, attacking midfielder Isco started down the right flank and repaid the manager’s faith in him with a spirited performance.
The former Malaga attacker scored Real’s first. Shortly after, striker Karim Benzema’s doubled his side’s advantage and they looked on course to match Barcelona’s record.
In the 27th minute, Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo added his name to the scoresheet before Isco scored another to see Real head into the break with a staggering four-goal cushion over their opponents.
Brazilian midfielder Casemiro added another in the second period and Real Madrid comfortably saw off the remaining half hour to pick up an easy three points at home against the second-last team on the La Liga table.
In the post-match press conference, Real boss Zinedine Zidane said that the club are in the best period since he took over the reins, but has told his players to maintain their focus and stretch their run to forty games.
“This is our best period since I became a coach. It’s important to win but it’s also important to win in a certain way. All of us – the players, the coaching staff and the fans – are enjoying Real Madrid at the moment and that’s what matters,” said the Frenchman, according to Marca.
“It’s satisfying to match this record but the main thing is what we are doing out on the pitch. We now have another game against Sevilla to play and I know we’ll be up against it. We have to show it in each game,” he added.
Real Madrid face Sevilla on the 14th of January at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium. Los Nervionenses have started the season in fine form and are third on the table – one point behind Barcelona.
However, Los Blancos will go into the game with a slight psychological advantage as they recently beat Sevilla 3-1 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey Round of 16 tie.