Not much changed - Zidane boosted by clinical Madrid
Zinedine Zidane did not feel Real Madrid's performance in a seven-goal demolition of Deportivo La Coruna was radically different to those from more underwhelming results of late.
Adrian Lopez opened the scoring after 23 minutes for relegation-threatened Depor but doubles from the excellent Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nacho sat alongside a fine Luka Modric strike in a comprehensive 7-1 triumph for Zidane's under-fire side.
Victory was particularly welcome following LaLiga losses at the Santiago Bernabeu against Barcelona and Villarreal, not to mention Copa del Rey struggles versus Numancia and Leganes.
Nevertheless, Zidane maintained similar routs might have been enjoyed with sharper finishing over the course of recent outings.
"I don't know if much has changed," he told a post-match news conference. "The result, of course, as it was a big win.
"That's the difference. In our general play we played very well against Villarreal.
"What changed today is the result, that we scored the chances we made. Nothing else.
"We all needed a game like this. To score seven goals is not done every day. In the end, I am happy for that."
Zidane had Bale, Ronaldo and Karim Benzema all fit and at his disposal, although the French striker was made to wait on the bench before being fielded in tandem with his celebrated forward colleagues for the first time in 273 days.
Benzema's introduction in place of youngster Borja Mayoral was whistled by a section of the Madrid faithful and Zidane added: "We know we can play in many different shapes. Today was 4-3-3 with Gareth and Cristiano wide, and Borja. And it worked for us.
"We can change shape, but the most important was the attitude we showed."
Zidane's men remain fourth in LaLiga and are next in action in the home leg of their Copa quarter-final with Leganes, where they hold a slender 1-0 advantage courtesy of Marco Asensio.