Zidane pleased with ruthless Madrid

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane saw his team start the season in good form as they swept Real Sociedad aside with a 3-0 win on Sunday.

Gareth Bale opened the scoring in just the second minute, and wrapped it up in the 94th, with Marco Asensio also finding the net in the 40th minute at Estadio Municipal de Anoeta.

"What pleases me is that they are all doing extremely well," the Frenchman said of his players. "We fight for every ball and every play.

"Seeing your team give hardly any chances away and keeping a clean sheet is the most pleasing thing for a coach."

The  match saw young Spanish striker Asensio start the match up front, leaving James Rodríguez, Isco, and Lucas Vázquez on the bench, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema are yet to return to the first-team equation.

"Picking my team can be a headache because they are all quality players," Zidane said. "I try to show that all of the players are key and if we achieve something important then it is teamwork that will allow us to achieve it.

"I am pleased with the work [Asensio] did and his goal. I was very satisfied with his game. For me however the most important aspect is the team, not simply Marco or Mateo [Kovacic, the Croatian playmaker who also started].

"Everyone played well but it is more a case of the team. We created a lot of chances and gave very few away. We kept a clean sheet."