MADRID: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane believes his side can still salvage a disappointing season at home and abroad should Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale remain fit for the remainder of the campaign.
All three scored on their first start together for two months as Madrid closed to within 10 points of La Liga leaders Barcelona, who they play next on April 2 after a two-week international break.
“After a performance like that from the players, I can only be satisfied,” said Zidane.
“Playing like this we can do great things. The players know that, but in football every game is different so we have to play with the same intensity and commitment.”
Madrid still have high hopes of landing an 11th European Cup after drawing Wolfsburg in the last eight of the Champions League.
However, their immediate task is to end Barca’s 39-game unbeaten run in all competitions to at least put a little pressure on the European champions for the final weeks of the season.
“It will be a special match because all Barca-Madrid matches are special,” added Zidane.
“Now for us there is the opportunity to continue what we are doing, our progression.
“We know very well we are ready. It will be a big game, a game where two great teams will clash, which is good for football.”