Shishir TimalsinaFebruary 15, 20183min120

Despite an important victory in the night of  valentine’s day, Zinedine Zidane is convinced that the game is not over yet and anything can happen in the second leg of the tie that is scheduled to be held in march.

This isn’t over,” he assured the assembled media. “There are 90 minutes-plus left.

“We are happy because we played a great match with personality and with our fans, who have always been behind the team.

“We have to be happy today but in three weeks we will play another match. We know that we are going to suffer.”

A surprise call was made by Zidane in naming his starting XI as Isco was preferred to Gareth Bale in a decision the Frenchman put down to tactical foresight.

“It was tough but we made a great match from start to finish,” he added.

“I am happy. This was a victory for everyone.

“We played four in the middle against three of [PSG’s]. Isco had a great game. He helped us in possession. That was the plan.”

Opposite number Unai Emery cursed his luck with the match officials on Wednesday night but Zidane wouldn’t be drawn into discussing Gianluca Rocchi’s impact on the game.

“I won’t talk about that,” he said.

“We have to be happy with what we did, against a very good opponent that can put us in trouble. We earned a good win today. We know that the return game will be very tough.

“We saw them win 3-0 last year. When you play away from home, anything can happen.

“But today we have to be happy. I am proud of everyone. The fans were key today. At 0-1, they always were. It was important.”

The pressure had been mounting on Zidane throughout a poor campaign so far in Madrid, and yet he was certain that he can work without paying any attention to such speculation.

“I will continue working, for games like tonight,” he stated. “Maybe we can feel a bit of euphoria – we have to be happy with the work we have achieved.

“The return leg is missing, we will have to play well in a huge match, with great intensity.

“But we’ll see. Many things will happen before that game.”