He said this after Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final victory over Real Madrid.
Chelsea won the game 2-0 which saw the Frenchman and his side crash out at the penultimate hurdle.
Goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount ensured that Los Blancos fell short of a shot at a fourth European title under Zidane.
Real Madrid were outclassed by Tuchel’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge by the Blues.
The result means that Thomas Tuchel’s side will face Manchester City in Istanbul later this month.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid will attempt to muster a last-gasp defence of their crown in La Liga.
Zidane lauds Chelsea
“They were superior, they deserved to win,” Zidane said after Chelsea’s 4-1 aggregate triumph.
“They were more effective over the course of the match, they had a lot of chances too.”
“Over the course of the two matches, they deserve the qualification.”
“These are matches of a very high level and we missed something tonight.”
“It is not about organisation, even though in the duels it was difficult.”
“But anyway I have said that, but I remain very proud of my players.”
“The path they have achieved with the difficulties that we have experienced. We have to congratulate ourselves for getting here.”
“We were one match away from the final. But tonight they were better,” he added.
With their European exit confirmed, Madrid’s only chance of silverware now remains achieving a successful defence of their title in La Liga.