Atleti remain sandwiched between leaders Barcelona and third-placed Madrid in LaLiga, four points better off than their neighbours. It not only tightens Barca's grip on the title but will likely bring forward the point when the Catalans are mathematically certain to be champions, with the "Clasico" still a possible coronation day on May 6.
"We are just training hard for this match and we hope to have a better game".
"We have many games, that's it".
"Griezmann is a great player, he is very strong in these moments mentally", he added.
"The presence of [Diego] Costa has helped to free him to get involved in the play".
They eventually forced their way in front in fine style eight minutes into the second half when Gareth Bale - who was left out of the 3-0 Champions League victory over Juventus in midweek - found space on the left and crossed for Ronaldo to volley expertly past Oblak with defender Lucas caught under the ball.
Los Blancos own a 3-0 advantage over Juve but Zidane insists they can not afford to be complacent.
"We are up against two superpowers, Madrid and Barcelona", he said.
"We know it's not going to be an easy game".
"It is a pity as we had many chances". A game that looked in danger of drifting towards a stalemate sparked into life after half-time with two goals in four minutes.
Atletico have exclusively completed above their extra illustrious neighbors as soon as within the final 22 years, but heading into this weekend's sport they maintain a 4 level benefit over Zine dine Zidane's males.
Real were more aggressive in the search for a late victor but Atleti dug in.
Saul Niguez curled a low effort wide of the Real Madrid post 20 minutes from time, before Bale headed a Dani Carvajal cross wide of the post down the other end as the match headed for its final 10 minutes at 1-1. If only Ronaldo had still been on the field to take it.