Madrid - Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insisted he was
happy as his side progressed into the Champions League quarter-finals despite
being given a scare by Roma before sealing a 4-0 aggregate win.
Madrid booked their place in the last eight thanks to two
goals in four second-half minutes from Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez to
seal a 2-0 win on the night at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, Roma were left to rue a host of clear-cut chances
to get back into the tie as Mohamed Salah missed two one-on-ones with Keylor
Navas, whilst Edin Dzeko also sliced wide a glorious chance early on.
"We tried to attack without thinking about the result
in the first-leg," said Zidane, despite the fact his side held a 2-0 lead
from the first meeting between the sides in Rome three weeks ago.
"We conceded chances that scared us a little, but when
you cede space you assume risks.
"However, the most important thing for us was to use
the ball in the best way possible.
"I am happy with the way we attacked and I think
defensively we improved a lot in the second-half.
"Now we have to think about our next league game and
wait and see who we face next (in the Champions League).
"Everyone dreams of winning the Champions League and we
are in the hunt."
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Gareth Bale made his first start in six weeks and shone
early on as he was given a rare chance to play from the left with Ronaldo
through the middle in the absence of the injured Karim Benzema.
However, Zidane refused to rule out switching the Welshman
back to the right once Madrid's favoured front three are reunited.
"I am happy with Gareth's work in that position, but it
can change because he is comfortable on the right too," added the Frenchman.
"The idea is that the front three constantly change
position because that makes it more difficult for the defence."
Roma boss Luciano Spalletti was left to rue a huge missed
opportunity as the Italians were far from outplayed over the two-legs despite
the four-goal margin of defeat.
"We have to point out that we had more chances than
them and if we'd have taken them then the psychology of the game changes,"
"We didn't play badly in either game, but we did not
take advantage of the chances that we created."
Spalletti was particularly critical of his side's mental
strength and claimed it was Madrid's big game experience which saw them over
the line in both games.
"Right now on a mental level perhaps we are a bit
fragile. It's a big game, big games make us nervous and we have to change this.
"Real Madrid have a lot of quality. You see that
they're more determined, they know how to take their chances.
"We could congratulate ourselves for how we played but
we have to improve, and quickly."For
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