Zinedine Zidane Demands More From Real Madrid Despite Hammering Sporting Gijon

18 January 2016 11:49

Zinedine Zidane insisted his Real Madrid side can still improve after marking his second game in charge at the Bernabeu with a second consecutive five-goal haul.

First-half doubles for Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, following an early opener from Gareth Bale, helped the hosts to a thumping 5-1 win over Sporting Gijon.

It followed the previous week's 5-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna and while Zidane hailed his side's attacking intent, he vowed there will still be improvements to be made.

Zidane told a press conference: "When I took over this team I knew what I had. It's a fantastic start - scoring five goals is not easy.

"I know what we can do and what we are going to do in the future. We are only in the beginning - I have high hopes for this team.

"You can always improve. Physically we have to improve a lot and we are going to work hard and be better.

"We've only been together for two weeks. We want to win games, but above all to win them at the end of the season which is when titles are decided."

Real's victory was slightly tarnished by the departures of both Bale and Benzema due to injury, and Zidane admitted some concern about the Welshman.

He added: "Karim's is just a knock but Gareth's injury is a bit more complicated.

"It's in the soleus (calf), and in the left one too. It's another problem but we will wait and see what the scans say tomorrow. I hope it is nothing serious."

Source: PA-WIRE