Ronaldo hails Zidane
Real Madrid have trained hard under new coach Zinedine Zidane, and recovered its enthusiasm following the departure of Rafa Benitez, according to star forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
Speaking after Sunday's 5-1 win over Sporting Gijon, Ronaldo said "The results of a week of hard work are visible on the pitch, with the squad in good spirits with Zidane."
Ronaldo, who scored twice, said "Zidane has a different concept of football, and sees the game differently to previous coach, Benitez."
"Part of the change comes from Zidane's insistence on keeping possession of the ball in the opponents' half," Ronaldo said.
With half of the season still to go, Ronaldo said the team hopes to reach the end of the Spanish and Champions leagues feeling as positive, adding "We are happy about how things are going."
Under Zidane, Madrid have had two five-goal league wins, with consecutive victories over Deportivo La Coruna and Sporting Gijon.