He is on track to consistently be one of the best in the world.
"He has improved enormously because he wanted to and he has looked to improve".
"I always believe in my team and my teammates".
Griezmann has proven to be just what Atletico hoped for when it secured his transfer from Real Sociedad in 2014; he has blossomed into one of the league's most creative and talented scorers with expert vision, a strong shot from distance, and speed. It travels to Bayern Munich for its European quarterfinal on Wednesday, and will likely do so without Pepe, who fractured two ribs and had to be substituted after his goal. "They do defend well, but not only that", Zidane said.
Atletico are the only team to have faced Zidane's Madrid away from home and kept a clean sheet, while Diego Simeone's side had won on their last three visits in the league, but they were second-best for the majority of a sun-baked encounter.
Germany midfielder Toni Kroos floated in a free-kick from the left towards the far post where Pepe got above Juanfran Torres to send a looping header back into the bottom corner past the dive of Oblak.
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There was initial confusion over whether the goal had been given as referee Michael Oliver went to consult with the linesman. With nothing to lose the Teessiders pushed men forward and they were soon creating further chances.
Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for goals in the Madrid derby with 18 following his hat trick in November to earn a 3-0 victory for Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.
He was quoted by the Daily Mail, saying: "We'll see, these types of signings make a lot of headlines and he's a great player who's been proving himself for a few years".
"Whenever we are about to play a derby, something similar happens", Cerezo told El Transistor.
Real, which has a game in hand, still faces matches against Barcelona and fourth-place Sevilla over the final two months as it seeks its first Liga title in five years.
Manchester United sit 6 in the table and are four points short of a Champions League placement although they could manage to qualify for Europe's elite competition in case they win the Europa League.