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Zinedine Zidane warns Real Madrid have more to give after thrashing Legia Warsaw

Zinedine Zidane warns Real Madrid have more to give after thrashing Legia Warsaw
By PA Sport

18/10/2016 at 23:56

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane believes there is plenty more to come from his side after Legia Warsaw were dispatched 5-1 at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane believes there is plenty more to come from his side after Legia Warsaw were dispatched 5-1 at the Bernabeu.

The Champions League holders had brought an end to a run of four successive draws with an emphatic 6-1 victory at Real Betis in LaLiga on Saturday.

Zidane's side continued their momentum against the Poles on Tuesday night, as Wales forward Gareth Bale opened the scoring after 16 minutes before an own goal from Tomasz Jodlowiec double the lead.

Miroslav Radovic had briefly reduced the arrears from the penalty spot on 22 minutes, but there was no way back once Marco Asensio added a third before substitutes Lucas Vazquez and Alvaro Morata completed the rout in the second half.

Real remain in second place in Group F, level on seven points with Borussia Dortmund, who won away at Sporting Lisbon.

Zidane said at a post-match press conference: " We had many chances and scored five goals, so yes I am happy with the offensive performance.

"We can always improve. We risked a bit, but the good thing is we have offensively created many chances.

"Next it will be another game, with another option and other players. Today the important thing was to win.

"Everyone wants us to score five, six, seven, but you have to work hard and sometimes you don't always do it."

Forward Cristiano Ronaldo was not able to close in on 100 European goals, but again proved instrumental in putting Real on course for another victory.

"It's true that we sometimes expect a lot of Cristiano, three or four goals. We all want him to score and he does too," Zidane added.

"He created chances, but couldn't score. However, what I care about is that today he provided goals and scored last weekend. I like it when he lays on goals, too. That is part of his game.

"We are always going to demand and expect a lot of him, because he is Cristiano and he knows that."

Legia coach Jacek Magiera hopes his men can take something from the defeat, which leaves them bottom of the group, without a point and a minus 12 goal difference

"We knew where we were playing and against whom. Real Madrid have talent, fast counter attack and their substitutes helped increase their attack, but we wanted to show a Polish side could play against such an opponent on such a stage," he said.

"We go back to Warsaw with the experience and we know there's a lot of hard work ahead of us."

Magiera added: " After 21 years we have our first Champions League goal, and we are very happy about it, now we want to develop.

"We have a lot to do still in the Champions League and that's what we will focus on. We want the team's morale to get better and better."

Before the match, there were clashes around Madrid between Legia Warsaw supporters and Spanish Police, with a section of "Ultras" sparking violence which was shown across social media.

There were reports of seven people requiring medical treatment.

An increased police presence had been deployed in Madrid, with some 2,000 officers on the ground after the fixture was ruled high risk by the authorities.

During Legia's 6-0 home loss to Dortmund in September, there had been both crowd disturbances and incidents of racist behaviour, which led to UEFA ordering the next Champions League home fixture in Warsaw against Real on November 2 must be played behind closed doors.

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