Zidane's verdict on Real's 'almost perfect' game in Cup tie

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France football legend Zinedine Zidane hailed Real Madrid for an “almost-perfect” performance against Sevilla but warned the tie “is still up for grabs”.

James Rodriguez’s brace, sandwiched by a Raphael Varane header, gave Zidane and his troops a comfortable 3-0 lead in their Copa del Rey last-16 first leg tie against Sevilla on Wednesday.

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The Los Blancos manager in a post match interview on the club's official website admitted he couldn’t have wished for a better way to mark one year at the helm.

"I don’t know if it's the best since I arrived, they were 45 very good minutes, good spells of football and with intensity.

"We worked on that and we got it. When you start the game like that and you score, it sets things up for the rest of the game. It’s obvious that starting the year like this is very important.

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"It is what we wanted and we prepared for it. We wanted to put a lot of intensity in at the beginning and score and it couldn't have gone any better. We must continue like this, we know that it's a long road and that after every game everything is questioned again." said Zidane

Zidane will now shift focus to the visit of Granada in a La Liga tie on Sunday before heading to Sevilla for the Copa del Rey round of 16 final leg clash next Thursday.  

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