Zidane hails flawless win for Real as Koeman rails at VAR

Tanya Simon
October 27, 2020

Borussia Monchengladbach will be looking to pop Real Madrid's bubble when the two teams face off in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Zinedine Zidane's side coming off an impressive 3-1 win against Barcelona in the Clasico at the weekend.

Ramos restored power and concentration to Madrid's defense but above all embodied the winning mentality that runs through the club - underlined when he made the most of a tug by Clement Lenglet to win the second-half penalty from which he put Madrid back in front.

At the start of the second half, Ramos headed wide from a corner before 17-year-old Fati nearly grabbed another goal after being picked out by Messi, but dragged his shot wide after cutting back inside.

The Catalans lost 3-1 at home to rivals Real Madrid who scored their second goal from the spot after a VAR review.

"I'm thrilled for the players".

"We played a good game, playing against a team that we know is open, that played well", he said.

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Once again, the 28-year-old - who has started just two games to date this campaign - was an unused substitute for Zidane's side, to continue his frustration at the club.

"We do our job, believing in what we do, being together when we have to be and that's what we did".

"We deserve it and I'm pleased for the players after all that's been said in recent days".

Barcelona coach Koeman was taking charge of his first Clasico and the Dutchman felt an injustice at the award of the spot-kick. As long as he wants and has the strength, and as he has strength I think he will be with us for many years'. In five games, not one in favour and many examples: "the (non) penalty on Messi against Sevilla, the (non) red cards for Getafe and today... there are always pulls in the area".

Barcelona will nearly certainly be without Philippe Coutinho for their Champions League trip to Juventus this week because of a hamstring injury the midfielder sustained in the defeat.

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