Zidane: Bale had a great game

Zinedine Zidane felt that Gareth Bale played well against Barcelona considering his lack of match action in the weeks beforehand.

The Welshman was handed a start by the Real Madrid boss alongside Karim Benzema in attack, but neither could produce the goods and the game ended goalless.

“Everyone played well,” the coach said.

“Bale hadn’t played much and he had a great game.

“[Toni] Kroos and Fede [Valerde] in his position, Raphael [Varane], Sergio [Ramos]… everyone [played well].

“The team put in a great shift.

“When you play a game like that in this stadium… we deserved a bit more.”

Real Madrid bossed possession, especially in the first half, but couldn’t turn that dominance into goals in the end.

“The result isn’t good enough for me,” Zidane said.

“We could’ve done something more, but that’s football.

“If you have chances, you have to score them and this is what we were missing in certain chances.

“We played a serious match, we were focussed for the 90 minutes.

“It was a good Clasico, a good football match.

“It only lacked goals.

“We have to be happy with the match because it’s against a very good opponent.”

Zidane admitted he was taken by surprise by the fact that Sergio Busquets wasn’t in the Barcelona starting line-up.

“I don’t know what happened,” he said.

“We thought we would play, he was on the first team sheet.

“We know the player Busquets is, he’s an important player.”