Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised his side for overcoming a gruelling test against Granada on Wednesday and winning 2-0 to stay on the heels of La Liga leader Atletico Madrid.

Madrid survived a couple of early scares in the first half and although Casemiro headed it in front in the second period, it was made to sweat on its slim lead until Karim Benzema clinched victory in added time.

“It was a really hard-fought game. We said before that it was going to be very uncomfortable for us and it was,” Zidane told reporters.

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“They came to press us very high up the pitch, and they did it very well, and the first half was very tough. But we were better in the second, and we deserved the victory.”

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