Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was pleased with what he saw from his side in the 5-1 win over Legia Warsaw on Tuesday in the Champions League.
With Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio finding the back of the net in the first half, along with a an own goal by Warsaw midfielder Tomasz Jodlowiec, Madrid held a 3-1 lead at halftime. Lucas Vazquez and Alvaro Morata added goals in the second half to help Real record their second win in the group stage.
“We created a lot of goalscoring opportunities and we got five goals,” Zidane said. “I’m happy with the attacking performance. Taking this approach, we are a bit more at risk at the back but it was the plan we chose. Sometimes decisions have to be made and Sunday will be a different game.
“We can always improve. We took a few risks but the positive thing is that going forward we created a lot of chances. It’ll be another match on Sunday, another plan and other players. The important thing today was to win and everyone wants to see us score a lot of goals. We worked very well even if the defensive balance was slightly delicate today.”
Madrid took a more offensive approach to the game, putting up 11 shots on target against the Polacks.
“The system depends on the players. Today we made the decision to play higher up, in a more attacking way. We took risks and that allowed them to break on the counter attack. What I’m interested in, is that we get our own game going, create opportunities and play good football.
“They all have to win their starting places, not just with what they do in the games, but also for how they work during the week. We have a lot of games to come and they’ll all get the chance to play. I’m happy with the front three and of course we can improve. What people want from Cristiano is for him to always score, but he created a lot of chances. He scored on Saturday and I hope that he scores again in four days’ time. I’m happy with how all of them performed.”
Madrid are tied with Borussia Dortmund on 7 points at the top of Group F, as the Germans took a 2-1 win away to Sporting CP.